U.S. TSA with new israeli interrogation techniques of airport security.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers (Photo credit to PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Boston’s Logan International Airport will be the testing ground of a new technology of airport security, aimed at screening passenger behavior. The test will start next Tuesdat.
During the new development, officers of the TSA Transportation Security Administration working at the Logan Airport will train screeners on having more conversations with passengers at the security checkpoint. The system is based after Israel’s enhanced airport screening methods.
Under the new program officers will be trained in human behaviour. They will will ask passengers non-intrusive questions and they will be trained to see how passengers respond. Those travelers who exhibit suspicious behavior will be pulled aside for more screening. Examples of suspicious behaviour could be struggling with answers and avoiding eye contact.
The offciers of the Logan Airport will receive advanced training, in theory and practice, in both classrooms and on-the-job experience , designed to improve their communication skilss and engage in conversations with passengers having as objective to identify suspicious behavior and anomalies.
The traveler will not feel the conversation like it was a sort of interrogation, but more of a ‘casual greeting’ conversation with a behavior detection officer after they provide their ID and boarding pass. If his/her act is suspicious, the passenger may get selected for an extended, but still limited conversation.
In the first phase, around 60 TSA officers are scheduled to take part in the training.
Logan will be the first airport in the U.S. to roll out the pilot program, which is targeted to officially begin in mid-August. After a certain period, TSA will evaluate how this pilot program impacts security, screening operations and passenger flow.
The results will determine how the TSA will proceed with the program.