The TSA Has A New Watch List of Passengers Who Misbehave

If a Transportation Security Administration employee has gotten on your last nerve, I wold still suggest you still act as cool as a cucumber, because guess what? The TSA now has a new secret watch list to monitor people who may be targeted as potential threats at airport checkpoints because they’ve become unruly in some way, shape or form.

This unruliness can include behavior such as “swatt[ing] away security screeners’ hands,” people who, “loiter suspiciously near security checkpoints,” and passengers the TSA deems to present, “challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.” Although the TSA says the list is meant to protect screeners, “An intent to injure or cause physical pain is not required, nor is an actual physical injury,” according to the directive that was issued in March by Darby LaJoye, the agency’s assistant administrator for security operations.

The watch list can’t be used to stop passengers from boarding flights or even be a catalyst for extra screening at security checkpoints. This has caused some to question why the list, which started in February, is even on the books. But on the books it is, at least for now. And, of course, as with any other official government list, there’s no way for us ordinary citizens to find out if we’re on or off it (rightfully so or not), nor do we know what they’re doing with the list.

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So the best I can recommend is to not be a jerk to TSA workers, because the last thing you want is to be put on their list.

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