Feature on JetBlue's Unauthorized Release of Passenger Data
If you flew on JetBlue before September 2002, you may have been the subject of a detailed dossier containing information including:
- Your travel itineraries. This includes the date, time, origin, and destination of your flights. But JetBlue turned over entire ""Passenger Name Record"" (PNRs), entries in the airlines' reservation system that can include a vast array of other personal information: details of your car and hotel reservations, your in-flight meal preferences, who you traveled with - even whether you stayed in a room with one bed or two. (Learn more about PNR data here.)
- Your income and other indicators of your economic status
- Your occupation
- Specifics on your home, such as whether you are an owner or a renter
- The length of time you have lived at one residence
- How many children you have
- How many cars you own
- Your Social Security Number
If you flew JetBlue prior to September 2002, you may be the subject of one of these dossiers. The Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act give you the right to access files kept by the government about you. Click here to file your own request for a copy of any information that the government might have about you connected to your travel with JetBlue.
The ACLU has already filed a general Freedom of Information Act request to gain details of the Torch ""Airline Passenger Risk Assessment"" and its use of the JetBlue data.
You can use this feedback form to let us know the results of your Freedom of Information Act request with the Pentagon and the TSA.
- "Homeland Security - Airline Passenger Risk Assessment" Torch Concepts' presentation to the TSA in February 2003 (PDF)
- JetBlue Sued For Disclosing Passenger Info, Associated Press, Sept. 23, 2003.
- Ryan Singel and Noah Shachtman, Army Admits Using JetBlue Data, Wired News, Sept. 23, 2003.
- JetBlue in Privacy Faux Pas, Associated Press, Sept. 20, 2003.
- JetBlue Apologizes For Divulging Info, Reuters, Sept. 19, 2003.
- Ryan Singel, JetBlue Shared Passenger Data, Wired News, Sept. 18, 2003.
- Let us know the results of your FOIA request with this feedback form.