Common Behavior the TSA Can Use Against You for Further Scrutiny at an Airport

When in an airport or in an airplane, there are a few common sense things that everyone – well, most everyone at least – knows they should not do. Behavior such as getting physical or abusive with the crew or passengers, or uttering a sentence with the word bomb in it are some actions I would advise against if you want to stay on the plane and retain your freedom, (not get jailed). However, there are some quite ordinary actions that could have you pulled aside by the Transportation Security Administration for further analysis, and the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s just an excuse to use racial and ethnic profiling.

Rush to your departure gate just in time before the boarding ramp closes while running your fingers through your tangled hair and automatically the TSA employee spying you assesses three points against you on a scale that calls for further assessment at four points and law enforcement involvement at six. Show up stressed and confused about which gate you need to be at and you’ve hit the four point mark, calling for further examination per current TSA procedure. Dino suggests that even entering a screening area while in a good mood, whistling a tune that you can’t get out of your head will earn you a demerit point. So, what’s the point of all this? Any one of us can be pulled aside for further questioning or a pat down with little probable cause.

In a bid to defend their inspection techniques, the TSA insists that a person would need to be exhibiting more than just one of these indicators to be further subjected to scrutiny or questioning by law enforcement. However, it has taken the TSA over five months to merely release a denial when the ACLU lawsuit requested the release of document per the Freedom of Information Act last October. The ACLU has no intentions of backing down.

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