TSA's 'Quiet Skies' Program Tracks Passengers' Behavior

28 min
at 9:30 AM
A United Airlines plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport on June 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you've ever observed a boarding gate from afar, slept on a flight or excessively fidgeted, the Transportation Security Administration may have taken notes. Under its "Quiet Skies" program -- exposed by the Boston Globe on Saturday -- undercover air marshals have been surveilling some domestic air travelers who are not on a terrorist watch list or suspected of wrongdoing. The TSA says the program helps it thwart terrorists, but civil liberties advocates say it's an illegal invasion of privacy. We'll take up the issues.

Guests:

Camila Domonoske, reporter, NPR; writer for the Two-Way Blog

Hugh Handeyside, senior staff attorney, ACLU's National Security Project

Jeff Price, aviation security consultant, Leading Edge Strategies; author of "Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats"

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