Ever get frustrated with the long waits and delays at the airport? Better keep your temper in check. Chucking a suitcase, kicking a wall or simply being rude to a security screener could land you on a little-known Homeland Security database, according to a report Tuesday morning in USA Today.
Apparently, the Transportation Security Administration is keeping track of the names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, home addresses and phone numbers of people who make workers feel threatened.
A screener at Logan Airport in Boston told the paper he has witnessed screeners being pushed and having shoes thrown at them. But there's a concern among privacy advocates that the database could be used to impose government scrutiny of people on the list.
"There's a potential for the misuse of information or the mischaracterization of harmless events as potential threats," the report quotes American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Michael German as saying. "I've been very angry at an airport because flying can be a very frustrating experience."
But the TSA says the program is intended to protect the nation's 50,000 airport screeners from attacks and track incident trends in order to devise workplace-safety programs.
What do you think?