Column: Doubts remain over next phase of Secure Flight program

11/10/2009 | NYTimes.com

The initial phase-in of the Secure Flight program is "working quite well," says a spokesman for the Air Transport Association. "We have seen no significant interruption to travel." But New York Times travel columnist Joe Sharkey expects some turbulence once airport screeners start matching names on IDs and boarding passes, which often truncate long names due to space limitations. TSA says screeners will use their judgment when they find "slight variation" in names, which "should not delay the passenger's travel" -- hardly an ironclad guarantee, according to Sharkey.

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