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Funding Fight Could Delay Secure Flight Passenger Screening
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) computerized air passenger pre-screening system—long delayed by technology difficulties and privacy concerns—is ready for testing again, but now there’s a money problem. Administrator Kip Hawley tells Aviation Week & Space Technology that the continuing wrangle between congressional Democrats and President Bush over most Fiscal 2008 spending bills, including the one that pays for TSA, has led to “unintentional underfunding” of the program, known as Secure Flight.