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Cincinnati airport tracks Wi-Fi devices

Cincinnati Airport Tracks Wi-Fi Devices

The TSA at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport just got much closer to you. Fox News reports, "Cincinnati Airport will become the first American airport to monitor fliers' cell phones as passengers wait to go through those TSA screening checkpoints."

It's not what you think, though. Businessweek reports that the monitoring is going to be used to "identify congested areas swiftly and display wait times for the security checkpoint." Devices are tracked via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

Cincinnati Business Courier says the program, called BlipTrack, is already being used in 20 airports around the world, such as those in Dubai, Amsterdam, Geneva, Oslo and Toronto.

Tech company Lockheed Martin developed the program, and its director of Global Airports told WCPO:

"The BlipTrack technology benefits both passengers and the airport team, as it allows them to see, in real time, where potential queues and pressure points are and provide proactive planning of the situation to improve service."

In a press release, Lockheed Martin said, "BlipTrack does not send or track any personal information; it simply monitors the number of mobile phone signals in a given area."

The Cincinnati Business Courier also notes that airport officials do not intend to alert passengers about the new program once it goes into effect because it "doesn't gather data to identify a device or other personal information."

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stengernc June 18 2014 at 6:29 AM

What BS....just another way to invade your privacy. Soon every baby will have chip installed at birth to track them....all in the name of terrorism prevention but in reality to protect the paranoid super rich who fear that a revolution will occur since they 1% own so many assets while the middle class is losing its butt and the poor are getting desperate.

Future jobs are being eliminated now by robots so the disparity will get worse and the civil unrest will increase. Where is the common sense? Everything is done for greed by the few.

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cptfritz June 18 2014 at 6:14 AM

More Obama invasion of privacy.

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mypaybacks June 18 2014 at 5:35 AM


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ectullis mypaybacks June 18 2014 at 9:48 AM

NSA all the way

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arcoregar June 18 2014 at 7:34 AM

"identify congested areas swiftly and display wait times for the security checkpoint." Okay...let's go with that...and I have some swamp land I want to sell you. All one needs to do is check video feeds which are already in place...more freaking lies and it just continues.

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fadiehl June 18 2014 at 7:05 AM

Seems like a TSA agent with HALF a brain could see where the big lines are forming and maybe, even, if he/she is smart enough, actually CALL someone to alert them as to the bottleneck. Then again, ya work for the gubmint 'cause ya can't do anything else...

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onionson June 18 2014 at 5:40 AM

Another Big Brother step in the name of security. Good.

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Wright Family onionson June 18 2014 at 12:07 PM

simple....don't get a cell phone. easy.

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onionson Wright Family June 18 2014 at 3:50 PM

No, not easy. They made cell phones a near necessity of life first then added necessary big brother features and abilities later. Easy no, slick yes.

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mark June 18 2014 at 7:26 AM

Here's a novel idea.... turn your cell off and put it away! lol life does exist without wifi!!

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Rose mark June 18 2014 at 9:31 AM

I guess you haven't heard that cell phones can be switched on without your permission, eh? Look it up.

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stgelights Rose June 18 2014 at 9:42 AM

Very true....Why do you think in alot of the new phones you cant take the batteries out

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Daniel Webster Rose June 18 2014 at 2:44 PM

You cannot switch on a phone remotely. The only way you can sort of accomplish this is having someone previously hack into the phone and install a code that makes the phone act as it is off when you turn it off, but secretly be powered on in a low-power state.

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Wright Family mark June 18 2014 at 12:06 PM

I am so glad I never bought into the fad of having a cell phone ON me at all times. I did it because I'd lived over 30 years without one so who needs another monthly bill the size of my mortgage. My first car cost $400, what a cell phone costs today. People are so incredibly dumb these days.

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htharley45 June 18 2014 at 10:07 AM

do you really believe thats all they will do with this information. BS. they are lying to you just like the whole government is doing to you.

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Tommy June 18 2014 at 9:50 AM

I don't have a cell phone. Will having one become a requirement for travel?

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Randy June 18 2014 at 8:13 AM

The most expensive to fly from airport in the Midwest is going to lose even more customers as they head to the less expensive and less hassle airports in Lexington and Liberalville ... and anyone in "gubmint" (i.e. employees of the TAXPAYERS) who naively believes travelers will not turn off their phones or blue tooth's in the CINCINNATI airport (in Kentucky) they're dumber than the boneheads who believe the TAXPAYERS accept their BS about the IRS emails "disappearing".

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