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A "Watch List" for Disrespectful Fliers?

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

May 25, 2010

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) database aimed at preventing violence against airport screeners is raising privacy concerns, USA Today reports. According to a TSA report, the database includes such information as names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, home addresses and phone numbers of aggressors, victims and witnesses involved in airport incidents where threats, bullying or verbal abuse against TSA employees or excessive displays of anger have occurred. Advocates are concerned the database could lead to additional airport screening for innocent travelers. "Is this going to be the baby watch list?" asks American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Michael German. "There's a potential for the misuse of information or the mischaracterization of harmless events as potential threats."
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