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Boston's Logan International Airport will become the first in the nation this week to require every single traveler to go through a quick interview with security officials trying to spot suspicious behavior. Until now, the so-called behavioral profiling — used successfully in Israel — has been used only sporadically in U.S. airports. As the system expands, so are questions about how behavioral profiling works, and how effective it might be in the U.S. Unlike the usual security pat-down, the profiling process is what you might call a "chat-down."
Nacarra says there is a long list of hints or "tells" that can out a bad guy planning to do bad things: "The movement of the eyes, perspiring in a cool environment, the Adam's apple movement. ... I can't be more specific because they are somewhat classified," he says.
In fact, the TSA has a list of about 35 things they're listening and looking for, including on your face. Experts say certain emotions result in specific facial expressions that are universal, like smiling when happy, or raising and scrunching your eyebrows when scared.
The tricky part, however, is sorting out whether a passenger is just nervous about traveling, for example, or about the bomb in his shoe. And while the Israelis seem to have mastered that, experts say Americans face unique challenges.
But TSA officials say their goal is not so much to identify terrorists in 30 seconds, but to just sort out higher-risk passengers for more screening. "You don't have to find the needle in the haystack," says Mark Frank, professor of communications at the University of Buffalo, who is working with TSA on its behavior detection programs. "You only have to find the section of the haystack where the needle may be."
Originally posted by JennaDarling
TSA's new profiling test in action..
[TSA Agent] Are you black?
[Black man] No.
[TSA Agent] Ok, you may pass.
Originally posted by Skewed
I am ok with profiling any day over someone feeling me up to see if I have bomb hidden under my scrotum. It is about time we look at other ways of doing this, like Israel, they have been successful with it.
However....My concern are the dimwits that are actually doing the screening. TSA are not highly trained to be effective at this. At the moment, if the screeners are not well versed in psychology and/or sociology then they will be ineffective at achieving this.
This is a great idea, now let us see how poorly the plan is executed.edit on 17-8-2011 by Skewed because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by yourmaker
I would just make small talk and have a conversation, show them i'm not really a terrorist.
Just go to the airport looking like you want to go home as quick as possible, don't draw attention to yourself, or maybe you should depending on how you do it, the right kind of attention and you might get the right response, which is nothing, and that's good.