TSA Watch List Monitors Unruly Passengers

Air Date: 05/17/2018
Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Lester Holt/Tom Costello
Air/Publish Date:
05/17/2018
Event Date:
05/17/2018
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2018
Clip Length:
00:01:33

The list called “The 95 List,” is a watch list comprised of passengers who have become physical with TSA officers, including spitting, punching or assaulting. The agency says less than 50 people are on the list.

TSA Watch List Monitors Unruly Passengers

LESTER HOLT, anchor:

With summer travel season around the corner, a new revelation today about the TSA. It turns out the agency is keeping its own watch list of passengers who are known to cause trouble or get physical at airport checkpoints. The list was started in February over concerns about the number of screeners being physically assaulted. NBC’s Tom Costello has the story.

TOM COSTELLO, reporting:

The TSA’s new watch list is called The 95 List. Separate from the terror watch list it’s the TSA’s own list of passengers who become physical with the TSA officer in the past, including spitting, punching, swatting at, assaulting or injuring an officer. Those so far out of two and a half million passengers each day, only a handful are on the list.

DARBY LAJOYE: There are less than 50 people on this list. And the intent was we were seeing an alarming increase in the number of assaults against our officers.

COSTELLO: The TSA insists it will press charges any time an officer is assaulted. In 2016, 26 officers were assaulted; last year 34. The TSA says a verbal exchange with an officer will not get a passenger on The 95 List. The process, meant to give airport TSA staff a heads-up that a passenger with a history could be becoming, though, still clear to fly and not subject to extra screening. Civil rights advocates warn passengers aren’t notified if they are added to the list and therefore can’t petition to get off.

FAIZA PATEL: The TSA can also target people who are, quote/unquote, “Publicly notorious.” And that’s a very broad definition. We don’t know who falls into that category of people.

COSTELLO: Still, the TSA says The 95 List is all about protecting both passengers and screening officers. Tom Costello, NBC News, Washington.

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