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Are You on TSA’s Secret Watch List?

Despite the long lines, having to take your shoes off and unpack your laptop, (not to mention the random patdowns) it’s a good idea to be on your best behavior when passing through airport security. Those who do otherwise are being put on a secret Transportation Security Administration list of unruly and disruptive passengers, according…

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Despite the long lines, having to take your shoes off and unpack your laptop, (not to mention the random patdowns) it’s a good idea to be on your best behavior when passing through airport security.

Those who do otherwise are being put on a secret Transportation Security Administration list of unruly and disruptive passengers, according to a five-page directive obtained by The New York Times.

The newspaper reported that TSA has created the new “watch list” known as the “95 list” to monitor people who may be potential threats at airport checkpoints.

As for what lands one on the list? It can range from simply having swatted away a security screeners’ hands, to loitering suspiciously near a checkpoint or otherwise appearing unruly.

The directive specifies actions that pose a physical danger to security screeners or any other contact the agency deems offensive and without legal justification.

“An intent to injure or cause physical pain is not required, nor is an actual physical injury,” according to the directive issued by Darby LaJoye, the agency’s assistant administrator for security operations.

Created in February, less than 50 people’s names have been added to the list.

The good news is that the list cannot be used to prevent passengers from boarding a flight. It also cannot impel extra screening at security checkpoints, according to the document

In addition, guidelines in the directive prohibit profiling and inclusion in the list based on race, gender, or religion.

“It’s simply an awareness that somebody is going through the checkpoint that has demonstrated concerning, assaultive behavior in the past to our officers,” LaJoye said at a House hearing of the homeland security subcommittee last week.

The vague purpose of the list, however, has raised red flags among civil liberties groups who wonder whether it has a legitimate security purpose.

“If I’m running late, having a bad day and I’m rude to the screeners, do I get put on the list?” Fred Burton, chief security officer at Stratfor, a global intelligence company in Texas, told The New York Times.

Burton question the necessity of yet another watch list, particularly from TSA, which is not an intelligence agency.

Lawmakers have recently demanded more information about the watch list. They also suggested that the agency notify people who have been added to it.

In the meantime, it’s probably best not to let that bad day at work impact your behavior while traveling.

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American Airlines Offering Roundtrip Fares as Low as $32

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Granted, there are very few people taking to the air these days in the wake of the devastating global spread of the coronavirus.

But American Airlines, for whatever reason, is offering one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime deals.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, American has a fare through the month of April where you can fly from Miami to Los Angeles for $16 each way.

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Yep, that’s right – $32 roundtrip to go coast to coast.

No doubt it’s one of the most eye-catching, startling fares ever offered, even better than when some airlines run a buy one/get one special. Not that we didn’t believe One Mile At A Time, one of the most well-respected and well-read aviation blogs out there, but we had to see this for ourselves.

Sure enough, when TravelPulse checked it out on Sunday, the fare had increased.

By eight whole dollars.

Choosing random dates and leaving Miami International Airport for Los Angeles International on April 22 and returning April 29, the fare for basic economy was $40 roundtrip. Want a better seat? Main cabin fares were just $96 roundtrip. (Forget about first class. You didn’t think American was that generous, did you? Those fares were $854 roundtrip.)

For the month of May, again choosing random dates and leaving Miami on May 13 and returning May 20, we found basic economy roundtrip fares for $56 and main cabin for $121.

So who’s going to take a flyer on these fares while the virus is still raging?

Certainly, there will be some folks, especially those that might absolutely need to travel more immediately. Or, you might have the gamblers out there who will take the chance that the pandemic and the restrictions will come to an end sooner than later, making the purchase of a May flight seem like a steal.

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