TSA May Announce New Behavior Screening Plans Soon
from the wait-and-see dept
Apparently the TSA is planning to roll out some changes to its screening process in the coming months, including embracing at least some of the “Israeli method” of airplane security, which tends to focus much more on behavior, rather than what you have on you.
“I’m very much interested in expanding the behavior detection program, upgrading it if you will, in a way that allows us to?.have more interaction with a passsenger just from a discussion which may be able to expedite the physical screening aspects,” [TSA boss John] Pistole said during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “So, we’ve looked at what works around the world, some outstanding examples and we are planning to do some new things in the near future here.”
Pistole declined to elaborate on the enhanced behavior detection program but said it would “probably” be announced in August. During an on-stage interview with CNN’s Jeanne Meserve, Pistole acknowledged that the Israeli techniques have been carefully examined.
“There’s a lot–under that Israeli model–a lot that is done that is obviously very effective,” he said.
Of course, the devil is always in the details, but it would be nice if the security practices were more focused on stuff that actually works, rather than pure security theater. Pistole also appears to have reiterated earlier comments about how the TSA may change its procedures so that little kids don’t need to be groped so much, saying that it would have parents “more involved in the process of helping TSA personnel figure out why a child is setting off alarms.”
Tough luck for the elderly, however, since apparently many of the people on the terrorist watch list are old, so you still need to get groped. Seems like a logical fallacy of course. Just because many terrorists are old, that doesn’t mean many old people are terrorists. A bit strange that the TSA doesn’t seem to recognize this.