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SPOT test program educates Transportation Security Administration agents to view for




Transportation Security Administration officers have a very challenging time. The screeners must guarantee air safety, while also not violating individual rights. The new Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques plan is attempting to streamline security a bit. Ideally, the program is intended to reduce how several hand-checks have to be performed. The GAO has, however, wondered how scientifically good and accurate these SPOT checks might be. Post resource - TSA SPOT program will focus on behavior detection in airports by Newsytype.com.




SPOT plan launches in Boston Logan International Airport




As of Tuesday, the Boston Logan International Airport started a new plan. It is testing the TSA plan out. For the next 60 days, the initiative will include both officer training and effectiveness metrics. In the SPOT plan, we get down to the fundamentals. A conversation is all that takes place. Security officers are trained to engage in basic conversation with travelers while checking ID and boarding passes. According to the TSA site, "security officers are screening travelers for involuntary physical and physiological reactions that people exhibit in response to a fear of being discovered." With these criteria, walking easily can be a bad sign. Anything that seems nervous is looked for.




SPOT racism




The SPOT program was done by the TSA. The Transportation Security Administration looked at programs in other nations first. Many individuals are mad about the idea of racism in the plan. It is built in, in the programs in other countries. In Israel, just seeming Arab means that somebody going through behavioral recognition will need additional screening. Biases are something the TSA is hoping to eliminate:




Referrals are based on specific observed behaviors only, not on one's appearance, race, ethnicity or religion.




The Boston Logan International Airport is where the first full-scale SPOT plan is taking place. It has been tested since 2003 in other airports though.




Is SPOT scientific?




In a recently released report, the GAO questioned the scientific basis of the SPOT plan. The SPOT plan wasn't said to be a failure in any way. It just said that the Behavior Recognition Representatives (BDOs) don't seem to have enough time to really choose which passengers should be wondered. The GAO report also points out that "no other large-scale security screening plan depending on behavioral indicators has ever been rigorously scientifically validated." The Boston Logan International Airport is attempting the SPOT plan out for a reason. It really hopes to answer the questions a bit.








GAO Report http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-763




Transportation Security Administration http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/bdo/index.shtm




Politico http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0711/TSA_readying_new_behavior_detection_plan_for_airport_checkpoints.html




CNN http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/08/02/logan.airport.behavior.detection/index.html?npt=NP1



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