Mayor of South Bend to the White House: We need to change the ‘No Fly List’

A progressive Democrat who serves as mayor of South Bend, Indiana is floating the idea of adding a racially specific list to the Transportation Security Administration’s No Fly List to allow a trained armourer…

Mayor of South Bend to the White House: We need to change the 'No Fly List'

A progressive Democrat who serves as mayor of South Bend, Indiana is floating the idea of adding a racially specific list to the Transportation Security Administration’s No Fly List to allow a trained armourer to shoot down passengers who are unruly.

The original idea was promoted by Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia who lost a leg in the civil rights civil rights movement. The two discussed the idea with multiple congressional delegations and Buttigieg said at a panel discussion on airport security that it was “cool” because it was “leading with their gut instinct on things like that.”

Buttigieg, who could very well be the 2020 Democratic nominee, says the current system that means people can’t “repay the debt” for previous TSA misconduct, isn’t working.

“We should think about the way we vet someone who flies,” he said. “Do you think that’s gonna work? Do you think people are gonna show up at the airport because someone’s on the Department of Homeland Security’s, the No Fly List? If you think that’s gonna work, run for Congress. I don’t think we’re going to make it. We should be thinking about this now.”

South Bend and all of Indiana is a swing state and Buttigieg would know better than most what it takes to win in a state like that.

To make sure someone on the No Fly List isn’t even flying, the TSA told Fox News the plan would involve sharing intelligence about the most dangerous passengers to detect signs of impending violence or criminal behavior before they board a plane.

“Right now they’re really only looking at suspicious people as something of a threat, and then they’re not even looking at criminal behavior,” says a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson. “Using criminal behavior then as a sign that something’s going to happen in transit can be very difficult. So, if there was some ways you could predict somebody doing something like that prior to their behavior actually occurring that might help in the situation. It’s such a huge question.”

Because I love a political conspiracy theory, I emailed a bunch of experts to find out if such a list had any legitimate use. As far as they knew, yes, such a list did exist. But I also found out that the list was used for high-risk aircraft crews for high-risk aircraft types like freighters.

Besides, the people who would need to do the fine grained detailed work for such a list haven’t even been invented yet.

So, rather than creating a giant crackpot-filled junket, perhaps the better approach would be to draft and enact some specific policy changes. That’s just what the TSA and I suggested in this White House Travel Security Agenda, where we suggested a few helpful changes to the No Fly List to give the flying public their own justifiable right to be left alone.

We wanted changes like:

We think it makes sense to encourage random screening at airports by allowing reasonable, nonremedial suspensions for out-of-line behavior, and to dispense when necessary additional disqualifying information as well.

We think it makes sense to explore using face recognition for pre-screening travelers;

We think it makes sense to strengthen federal oversight of the TSA, including the TSA Office of the Inspector General;

We think it makes sense to conduct more pilot tests to test efficiencies of using operating forces such as air marshals on domestic and international flights;

We think it makes sense to look at other resources to fund these types of activities, such as speeding up visa processing to remove barriers to transit for lawful permanent residents to enter the United States;

We think it makes sense to investigate ways for removing policy (inter-agency) barriers, especially at immigration processes to improve efficiency and expedite entry and exit;

We think it makes sense to evaluate alternatives to TSA staff for background checks and screenings such as body scanners at airports;

We think it makes sense to significantly enhance public awareness and communication on preventing terrorism and other security threats.

The 2015 Travel Security Agenda is online at:

www.foxnews.com/travel

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