According to this article, your identity can be stolen simply from your airplane ticket stub. The story also has some interesting information about how American travelers are classified to government security experts, based on sophisticated data mining techniques drawing from every piece of information available about you. The system is purported to rank travelers as risks using an increasing danger code of green, amber and red.
Interestingly enough, the closer your record is to an inhabitant of Levittown or Leave it to Bever, the better chance you have of making it through security without a hassle.
Although, of course, we’ve never and we’ve never heard of anyone being stopped based on a data mining based security check. Then again, we’ve never gotten a ticket on our Barbie Dreamcar and always obey alternate side parking rules and regulations.
Read more here. [Guardian Unlimited]