posted on Aug, 17 2002 @ 02:58 AM
Airport security screeners may soon try to read the minds of travelers to identify terrorists.Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration have told Northwest Airlines security specialists that the agency is developing brain-monitoring devices in cooperation with a
commercial firm, which it did not identify.
Space technology would be adapted to receive and analyze brain-wave and heartbeat patterns, then feed that data into computerized programs "to
detect passengers who potentially might pose a threat," according to briefing documents obtained by The Washington Times.
NASA wants to use "noninvasive neuro-electric sensors," imbedded in gates, to collect tiny electric signals that all brains and hearts
transmit. Computers would apply statistical algorithms to correlate physiologic patterns with computerized data on travel routines, criminal
background and credit information from "hundreds to thousands of data sources," NASA documents say.
The notion has raised privacy concerns. Mihir Kshirsagar of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says such technology would only add to
airport-security chaos. "A lot of people's fear of flying would send those meters off the chart. Are they going to pull all those people aside?"