About 30,000 airline passengers have discovered since last November that their names were mistakenly matched with those appearing on federal watch lists, a transportation security official said Tuesday.
Jim Kennedy, director of the Transportation Security Administration’s redress office, revealed the errors at a quarterly meeting convened here by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
The 30,000 are on the “selectee” list, which means they aren’t barred from flying; instead, they are continually singled out for additional screening. If you’re one of the unlucky 30,000, what do you do? Can you rectify the situation? Sort of — and only after a lot of effort:
Kennedy said that travelers have had to ask the TSA to clear their identities from watch lists by submitting a “Passenger Identity Verification Form” and three notarized copies of identification documents. On average, he said, it takes officials 45 to 60 days to evaluate the request and make any necessary changes. . . .
Sounds like fun . . . and getting notarized copies isn’t cheap either. But you’re cleared then, right? Not so fast: