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WASHINGTON — Today's smartphones and PDAs could have a new use in the nation's airports: helping passengers avoid long lines at security checkpoints.
The Transportation Security Administration is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security lines.
Information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports across the country.
Some electronic devices automatically broadcast, or "chirp," their serial number every 15-20 seconds when they are turned on. People can set their devices so they don't broadcast. Bullock found he could detect signals from 6% to 10% of Indianapolis passengers. "We sit there and listen, capturing the unique identifier," Bullock said.
Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center said Bullock's current system minimizes privacy risk by recording partial serial numbers. But he worries that could change.
Originally posted by TheAntiHero420
reply to post by LiquidLight
By turning the feature off you are disabling the bluetooth capability of the phone, most do but not everyone knows how to do it. When bluetooth is turned on, your phone is the most unsecured phone that you can have. The frequent flier is usually at the airport on business, public or private, and chances are they have bluetooth enabled, to make conducting business in the airport easier. Their "business" that they thought was private, may not be as private as they thought.
[edit on 3/25/2010 by TheAntiHero420]