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TSA creates new watchlist for rejected PreCheck applicants
If you participate in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck system, it means you’ve passed initial scrutiny and are considered a “trusted traveler” by the government. But if you play fast and loose with TSA rules, you could quickly lose that trust and find yourself on a new federal watchlist.
The new TSA policy was detailed in a filing with the Federal Register a few weeks ago and discovered by the website Nextgov.com, which pores over the many government rules changes that are routinely filed every day.
According to the TSA’s comments in the Federal Register, the agency “is creating and maintaining a watch list of individuals who are disqualified from eligibility from PreCheck, for some period of time or permanently, because they have been involved in violations of security regulations of sufficient severity or frequency.”
What kind of behavior could get you on this new watchlist? “Disqualifying violations of aviation security regulations may involve violations at the airport or on board aircraft, such as a loaded firearm that is discovered in carry-on baggage at the checkpoint, or a threat to use a destructive device against a transportation conveyance, facilities or personnel,” the filing said. Nextgov.com said that carrying false documents could also get you on the list.
The new list of rejected PreCheck members would become part of the government’s Secure Flight program, a collection of databases that it uses to watch for potential risks to aviation security. That collection also includes the No-Fly List of suspected terrorists.
TSA officials told Nextgov.com that the purpose of the new PreCheck Disqualification List is not to keep anyone on it from flying, but simply to insure that they can’t go through the PreCheck expedited screening lane any more, and instead will have to submit to regular security screening.
They also told the website that cases of mistaken identity—which was a big issue with the No-Fly List—shouldn’t be a problem with this new list, because PreCheck participants are each assigned a unique nine-digit ID code, and thus are not identified simply by their names.