TSA’s Terror Tipoff List Includes Body Odor, Whistling & ‘Cold Stare’
For those of you wondering whether you might be flagged as a terrorist by TSA agents at the airport, a new report is shedding light on some specific characteristics the U.S. agency is zeroing in on.
According to documents obtained exclusively by The Intercept, a mandated checklist used by TSA agents is used to identify suspicious behaviors includes “arrogance,” a “cold penetrating stare” and “exaggerated yawning.”
TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception – known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT – also highlights “fidgeting” and “sweaty palms.
The TSA documents exposed by The Intercept also cite stress factors including avoiding eye contact with security personnel, a pale face “from recent shaving of beard,” an “obvious ‘Adam’s Apple’ jump” when asked to go through screening procedures, as well as a “cold penetrating stare” and “bulges in clothing.”