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TSA might add ‘hundreds of names’ to no-fly list. Here’s why

The Transportation Security Administration might add more rioters to the no-fly list

Travelers proceed through a security checkpoint at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.
Travelers proceed through a security checkpoint at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The Transportation Security Administration might add hundreds of names to the no-fly list after the U.S. Capitol riots earlier in January, according to The Associated Press.

  • The TSA said it will add more air marshals to flights.
  • Travelers might see more police officers, bomb-sniffing dogs and random screenings, according to The Associated Press.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske told The Associated Press that the TSA is “processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment.”

  • The TSA is looking “to ensure those who may pose a threat to our aviation sector undergo enhanced screening or are prevented from boarding an aircraft,” he told the AP.

Context

The announcement of changes comes after supporters for President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress looked to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. There has been increased tension on airline flights. In fact, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was involved in an incident at the Salt Lake City International Airport and during a flight to Washington, D.C., as the Deseret News reported.

More changes

American Airlines said it would make changes to its flights due to increased “politically motivated aggression” on trips to Washington, D.C., as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air,” the airline said in a statement, CNN reports.