The TSA Has a List of People It Secretly Follows Around the Country (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:23
<p>The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been using undercover federal air marshals to monitor suspicious passengers, according to <a href="" target="_blank">a report published by the <em>Boston Globe</em></a> this week.</p><p>The ominously named “Quiet Skies” program aims to gather information about potential threats who are not on any terrorist watch lists or under investigation by any other agency.</p><p>When someone on the Quiet Skies list is selected for surveillance, a team of air marshals will board their next flight and monitor them.</p><p>“These programs are not designed to observe the average American,” Michael Bilello, an assistant administrator of public affairs for TSA, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Hill</em></a>. “They’re designed to protect the traveling public, but they’re not targeting the average American. We’re talking about a very unique passenger that warrants the attention of a federal air marshal.”</p><p>Once they are being monitored, a sudden loss of weight, a new tattoo, barely sleeping on the flight or sleeping for the entire flight are all behaviors that could be noted by air marshals.</p><p>According to Bilello, a person is dropped from the Quiet Skies program within 90 days or three monitored flights (whichever comes first) if they do not arouse any additional suspicion.</p><p>Documents from the agency show that there are between 40 and 50 “Quiet Sky” list passengers on domestic flights every day. About 35 of them are monitored by air marshals. Frequent foreign travel, especially to “countries that we know have a high incidence of adversarial actions,” is the first warning sign that could garner inclusion on the list, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>NPR</em></a>.</p><p>Deploying air marshals to gather intelligence on passengers is a relatively new move, according to the <em>Boston Globe</em>. The practice started in 2010, with revamps in 2012 and March of this year.</p><p>The report also quoted air marshals who questioned the practice’s efficacy and legality.</p>
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Barack Obama and Joe Biden Went on a Lunch Date and Adorably Ordered the Same Sandwich

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 06:03
<p>Barack Obama and <a href="" target="_blank">Joe Biden</a> set hearts aflutter on Monday when they stepped out in public together, just like old times.</p><p>The former president and vice president proved they are still the definition of friendship goals at <a href="" target="_blank">Dog Tag Bakery</a> in Washington, D.C. for a quick bite to eat. In a video posted to Instagram, the pair can be seen walking up to the counter to order. Biden, like a pro, knows precisely which sandwich he wants. However, Obama waffles a bit, unsure of what to order, so his BFF Biden suggests a few goodies.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">5 Books Barack Obama’s Been Reading (and Loving) Lately</a></p><p>“Hold on a sec, what did you get here?” Obama asks Biden. “I’ve got one of these, what are they called, ham and cheese,” Biden replies.</p><p>“I think I’m gonna have one of those too,” Obama says, because true besties get matching sandwiches. “Give the boss one of those too,” Biden says as he pays their tab, which also includes a side salad for Obama and a slice of mint basil blueberry cake for Biden.</p><p>While seeing these two dine together once more was certainly cool enough, it turns out their choice of restaurant was equally awesome. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><i>Cosmopolitan</i></a>, Dog Tag Bakery employees are made up of service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers. The bakery also offers its employees the opportunity to take part in a five-month fellowship program to earn a business certificate through Georgetown University.</p><p>According to Dog Tag CEO Meghan Ogilvie, who spoke to <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a>, neither Obama nor Biden’s people gave much of a heads up that they were coming in. But when she found out, Ogilvie said she gathered all the fellows and employees for a “surprise.”</p><p>Ogilvie added that the political pair stayed and chatted with the fellows about their work and their business ideas. Then, they just enjoyed a bit of time together.</p><p>"It would seem like two friends coming together to have lunch," Olgilvie said. But, according to the former leader of the free world, he was just happy to be in the staff’s presence.</p><p>"What you guys are doing...that's what makes us proud," Obama reportedly <a href="" target="_blank">told</a> the Dog Tag Bakery staff. "We so appreciate you guys."</p>
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