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This summer the Department of Homeland Security hopes to start insisting that airlines in America will provide background information on all passengers as a way to weed out terrorists. That means that before you get on a plane and are cleared to fly, your recent credit card purchases, magazine subscriptions, and travel history could be checked by computer. These background checks will then have you marked for one of three lines at the airport. Those color-coded green will get the usual frisking, those with a hidden yellow sticker will get grilled, and those who’s boarding pass is marked red will not be allowed on the plane.


Jeffrey Rosen, associate professor of law, George Washington University and legal affairs editor of The New Republic

Rafi Ron, former director of Security for the Israeli Airport Authority and Ben Gurion Airport, now head of New Age Security Solutions;