Your Totally Normal Behavior Is Making The TSA Suspicious

Photo: REX USA.
You stashed your toiletries in a sandwich bag, wore the special watch that doesn't set any sensors off, and took out your jacket/shoes/iPad without having to be asked first. So, why is that TSA agent still giving you the evil eye while checking to see if you've somehow smuggled explosives into your socks?

Here's why: Thanks to an ACLU lawsuit questioning the Transportation Security Administration's security criteria, we now know what sort of behavior triggers suspicion at the airport. And, it's a wonder we don't get patted down every single time. 

For starters, TSA agents are on the lookout for men with freshly shaven faces, because they could be masters of disguise (or, you know, maybe just trying to ditch the beard before visiting the folks in Tampa?). The leaked behavior-detection program also targets passengers who whistle as they start the security progress, as well as those who yawn excessively. Apparently it doesn't matter that you had to get up at 4 a.m. to catch a cab. 

Arriving late for a flight also looks suspicious, and complaining excessively about the security process could result in a pat-down or questioning. Exhibiting nervous behavior is another no-no. Sure, wringing your hands, clearing your throat, and touching your hair could all be signs that you're anxious about flying, but as far as the TSA is concerned, they could also signal something far more sinister.

Should the TSA determine a bag search is necessary, be prepared. Packing swimsuits when your boarding card says "Alaska" is sure to raise questions. Carrying items such as an almanac or a pre-paid cell phone will also edge you closer to an interrogation. 

Of course, knowing all this only makes us feel more anxious. We're wringing our hands already...which, in turn, makes us even more suspicious-looking. (The Intercept)
Advertisement