Passenger Privacy

Troubled aviation security program to be reworked

The Homeland Security Department is tossing out huge chunks of a multi-million-dollar plan to run background checks on airline passengers. So many people objected to the Computer-Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System -- CAPPS Two for short -- that the makeover will even include a new name. Critics especially disliked CAPPS Two because it would check identity by running a passengers' personal information against government and commercial databases. Homeland Security officials say the new plan will likely use a different system to check identity. Officials also say the new system will give passengers the ability to correct mistakes if they're wrongly identified as terrorists or suspects. Critics say the projects' developers most need to change their passion for secrecy.

One travel expert says CAPPS Two likely wouldn't have raised fears if the Homeland Security department had been open about how it worked.