The TSA has “created a new secret watch list” of passengers they believe have behaved badly at airport security checkpoints.
This includes behavior like “swatt[ing] away security screeners’ hands” and passengers “who loiter suspiciously near security checkpoints” as well as anyone the TSA deems to present “challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.” Although the TSA claims the list is meeant to protect screeners, you can get on it even if you don’t injure a TSA agent, and don’t intend to injure a TSA agent.
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
This list was created in February and is known as a “95 list.” They haven’t explained the meaning of “95.” The New York Times reports that the TSA claims “fewer than 50 people have been put on the watch list” but also that two other government security officials dispute that, saying the number of names on the list is higher.
What’s more “race, religion or gender” can be used as a criteria for putting someone on the list as long as those aren’t the only reason.
This list isn’t supposed to be used to prevent anyone from flying, or to compel extra security screening. However if the list is actually following those guidelines than it wouldn’t seem to serve any purpose at all. They’ll collecting the list of names for a reason.
There is no way to have your inclusion on the list reviewed, or to get off of it although the TSA Administrator, the Deputy Administrator, and the top two officials at the TSA’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis have the authority to remove people.
This list “will be shared with other law enforcement agencies,” and it’s unclear what those agencies might do with it in the future.