LinkWASHINGTON — A government proposal to start collecting birth dates and genders of people reserving airline flights is drawing protests from major airlines and travel agencies that say it would be invasive, confusing and "useless."
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants passengers to give the additional personal information — as well as their full names — so it can do more precise background checks that it says will result in fewer travelers being mistaken for terrorists. Travelers currently must provide only a last name and a first initial.
Overt rationale: It reduces mistaking innocent people for terrorists. See? It's good. It'll speed things up.
Covert rationale: It better allows your conquering nation to have its Provincial American Government restrict the travel of its enemies.