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New York’s Senator CHARLES E. SCHUMER 313 Hart Senate Office Building $ Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202)224-7433 Fax: (202)228-1218
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mike Morey June 28, 2010 (202) 380-5990 SCHUMER: NEW SECURITY DEVICE COULD PREVENT WOULD-BE TERRORISTS FROM BOARDING PLANES; WOULD HAVE PREVENTED SHAHZAD AND OTHERS LIKE HIM FROM GETTING PAST TERROR NO-FLY LIST Schumer: $50 Million Funding Exists for Pilot Program to Incorporate New Scanning Device at Airports; Urges DHS to Consider Using Long Island Company - Has Advanced Prototype and Would Help Create Local Jobs
New Scanning Device Would Cross Check Passengers with Terror Watch Lists, Weed-Out Fake IDs, and Track Visa Overstays
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the Department of Homeland Security to invest in a new security device that would prevent suspected terrorists from boarding planes and getting past terror no fly lists. The device electronically scans passenger identifications and would cross check IDs with the terror watch list, weed out forged identifications, and track visa overstays. Implemented nationally, the system would electronically link, in real time, all airport ports of entry and exit to the terror watch list. In his letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, Schumer pointed out that Congress has appropriated $50 million as part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010 for the purpose of developing an electronic exit-entry security system at airports across the country. Schumer noted that Intellicheck Mobilisa, a Woodbury, Long Island company, currently produces an identification verification device that is protecting over 50 military and federal locations across the country by instantly reading, analyzing, and verifying encoded data in magnetic stripes and barcodes on government-issue IDs. Schumer is requesting that DHS invest in this new technology and implement a pilot program that would integrate the technology at a New York airport.
The new device, set up at airport security gates across the country would do the following:
(1) Electronically scan and verify the identification provided by an airline passenger in order to board a flight to verify if it is a valid lawful identification; (2) Electronically obtain the name on the identification provided by the passenger and electronically scan all terrorist watch lists and the no-fly list to provide notification to TSA agents as to whether the passenger has been designated for further scrutiny or detention; and (3) Electronically scan the passenger’s passport—if the passenger’s airplane ticket indicates that the passenger will be boarding an international flight—and integrate the scanner with our US- VISIT entry-exit system to ensure that a record is created of that passenger leaving the country so that they are not classified as a visa overstay that needs to be searched for or apprehended.
“The resources exist to jump-start a more sophisticated and fool-proof security system at our nation’s airports,” said Schumer.