Under the program, called ‘Quiet Skies,’ thousands of unsuspecting American travelers have been surveilled by teams of armed, undercover air marshals both in airports and on flights. They track and document the passenger’s behaviors, like whether they use a computer, sleep on the flight or have a “cold penetrating stare.”
Some air marshals have said they feel like it’s a time-consuming and costly program that leads them to watch travelers who appear to pose no real threat – especially since the program specifically targets individuals who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a March TSA bulletin referenced in The Boston Globe article.
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Kip Hawley, former director of the Transportation Security Administration (2005-2009) and co-author of the book “Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013); he tweets @kiphawley