Get Angry and TSA May Tag You
Air travelers who threaten airport security personnel could end up in a Homeland Security database, according to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
But a TSA spokeswoman told AOL Travel that the database of those who make verbal threats or otherwise display anger at airport security, can only be accessed by one TSA manager nationally.
USA Today broke news of the list, which it said includes names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers and phone numbers of air travelers involved in incidents. The newspaper quoted an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer expressing concern information in the database could be "misused."
The spokeswoman said the database falls under a TSA workplace violence prevention program. "It's not accessible to employees or anyone else," she said.
She added that employees who encounter a threat from a passenger or otherwise see a display of violent behavior can make a complaint, and "after the facts are gathered" incident reports are tracked to identify repeat offenders.
"It's to keep our employees safe," she said, "to protect our workforce from individuals who have threatened members of our workforce with physical harm."
The spokeswoman said just being on the list doesn't mean anything will happen to you. But she added repeat violators could have their names passed on to law enforcement.
The TSA also keeps track of employees who make threats, the spokeswoman added.