On Sunday, James O’Keefe revealed his boarding pass for a domestic flight was given an “SSSS” designation for “Secondary Security Screening Selection.”

“Trying to understand the ‘SSSS’ designations on my domestic boarding passes. PBI shut down entire passenger line while I went through,” O’Keefe said.

“Agent tells ‘your name sounds familiar. Contact State department to get off the list.’ Is this a common? TSA agent says ‘once a month’ at PBI,” he continued.


Forbes provided additional details for the “SSSS” code:

An SSSS code on a boarding pass stands for “Secondary Security Screening Selection.” While somewhat of an annoyance, this code only means you have been flagged to undergo additional security screening procedures. The most important thing this code should indicate to you is that you’ll need to prepare for an additional step in the airport security and boarding process.

What Does SSSS Stand For?

The “SSSS” you may see on an airline boarding pass is short for “Secondary Security Screening Selection.” If you see this on your boarding pass it means you will be subjected to additional security screening processes. These additional screening processes may include a pat-down, swabbing for explosives and a luggage inspection.

Why Did I Get SSSS on My Boarding Pass?

An SSSS code on your boarding pass might happen for a few specific reasons but it can also be the result of a completely random assignment. However, many of the main reasons someone is flagged for an additional screening may be connected to being a suspected security risk.

One way the TSA selects for additional screening is based on watchlists. The Selectee List, for example, is a database of passengers maintained by the TSA. If you are on the Selectee List you will automatically be chosen for additional screening each time you fly. Being on one of these lists or even if you share the same name with someone on one of these lists means you are likely to receive a SSSS on your boarding pass. A few other reasons SSSS could show up on your boarding pass include activities like buying a last-minute ticket or paying cash. Additionally, if you recently visited countries the State Department deems “high risk,” that may get you the SSSS.

It’s unclear why the TSA placed the “SSSS” code on O’Keefe’s boarding pass.

Former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke writes:

I was on the Quad S list for over a year after running for US Senate in 2020.

Every time I traveled, I had to make sure I arrived at the airport 3 hours early in order to be properly searched, swabbed for explosives, and escorted by Homeland Security to my gate- only to be searched and swabbed again before boarding… and then I had go through the whole process again at my connecting flight. I missed multiple flights and was left stranded in random cities multiple times because of it.


Every single time I was assured that this was just a “random selection”

After a year of this humiliation ritual, Michelle Malkin finally filed a FOIA request on my behalf. She wanted to find out How and WHY patriotic Americans were being put on domestic terrorist watch lists.

They refused to release the FOIA, and I was immediately taken off of the SSSS watch list one day later.

The Biden Administration is putting conservative activists on lists for no reason apart from being their political opposition.

It’s safe to say we’ve reached an extremely dangerous point in America.

This must be stopped.

“I have heard through conversations with TSA, that anyone who flew to Washington DC the week of J6 has been added to the SSSS list,” investigator @kyleisbased commented.

Sonya LaBosco, director of the Air Marshal National Council, told Fox News that Air Marshals are still following people who flew to Washington D.C. to attend the January 6, 2021 protests at the U.S. Capitol.

In fact, you didn’t even have to attend the J6 protests.

If you flew into the National Capital Region around January 6, 2021, you were placed on a specified list, LaBosco said.

Air Marshals Still Following People Who Flew Into D.C. Area On January 6th? [VIDEO]

From 100 Percent Fed Up:

LaBosco told Fox News on Tuesday “we’re not flying right now.”

“The only missions that we’re doing are Quiet Skies missions and those are missions that are following the January 2021 people,” LaBosco said.

“So we’re either on the border for illegal immigrants or we’re following folks from January 2021. We’re not doing our regular missions,” she continued.

“What do you mean by that? You’re following January 2021 people. What does that mean?” Fox News host Carley Shimkus asked.

“That means our primary mission is a little group called Quiet Skies. It’s a mission called Quiet Skies. That we’re following people that flew into the Capital Region in January 2021. You did not have to go to capital or the rally, and you’ve been put on a specific list that TSA now has assigned their marshals to follow these people who have not had any type of criminal investigation. They haven’t committed a crime. Yet, three years later we’re following the same individuals day in and day out,” she explained.

LaBosco emphasized that individuals being followed didn’t have to be at the U.S. Capitol.

They could have just flown into the National Capital Region.

“A lot of them do know they’re being followed. Yet, they haven’t been vetted and they have not committed a crime. And three years later, we’re still doing the same,” she continued.


“We followed the same people over and over for three years who were no threat to this country,” she added.

LaBosco said Americans should be “very concerned” when boarding an aircraft.

“You need to look around to see who you might be able to ask to help you, like a good Samaritan, because you’re kind of on your own. If anything happens, please don’t wait. There’s going to be no law enforcement that’s going to help you, so you need to have a plan. Look where the exit doors are. Look where your flight attendants are standing around you,” she explained.

“I would be looking around for a football player,” she continued.

“A pretty big guy, or a couple of big guys, in case you needed to take action,” she added.


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