The Obama administration announced this week that it has reached a milestone in its counterterrorism efforts with the full implementation of the Secure Flight program. After years of delays, the government is now requiring personal data -- name, birth date and gender -- on every passenger flying to or within the U.S. aboard nearly 200 airlines. That information is then checked against terrorist watch lists, providing "an intelligence-based layer of security," according to TSA Administrator John Pistole. "We have to try to do the most we can before people get to the airport," he said.
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