TSA creates secret watch list of people who may be unruly

TSA creates secret watch list of people who may be unruly
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has compiled a list of people who act suspiciously or confrontationally around airport checkpoints, a TSA official confirmed on Thursday.

Individuals on the list will go through a regular checkpoint screening process, according to the official, who added that their inclusion will provide advance notice to TSA staff that an individual is scheduled to fly out of a particular airport.

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The New York Times first obtained a directive from the TSA that outlines behaviors that could land an individual on the list. Those include loitering near airport checkpoints, acting aggressively or posing physical danger to security staff.

Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for TSA, told The Hill that there were more than 34 assaults on TSA officers last fiscal year. 

“TSA is committed to its people and wants to ensure there are safeguards in place to protect TSA officers and others from any individual who has previously exhibited disruptive or assaultive behavior at a screening checkpoint and is scheduled to fly,” she said.

Race, religion or gender can not be used as a reason to place someone on the list, according to the Times, which added that the list cannot be used to keep passengers off of flights or to prompt additional screening. 

An agency official told the Times that there are fewer than 50 people on the list thus far.

The initiative is expected to be discussed during a Thursday hearing before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security. 

Updated at 1:22 p.m.