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megimoo
08-02-2011, 07:59 AM
TSA to put Hub fliers on the spot.. Some skeptical of new security program
“Almost anything would be an improvement over the clown show we’ve got now.”


Boston’s TSA screeners — part of a security force whose competency has come under fire nationwide — soon will be carrying out sophisticated behavioral inspections under a first-in-the-nation program that’s already raising concerns of racial profiling, harassment of innocent travelers and longer lines.

The training for the Israeli-style screening — a projected $1 billion national program dubbed Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques — kicks off today at Logan International Airport and will be put to use in Terminal A on Aug. 15. It requires screeners to make quick reads of whether passengers pose a danger or a terror threat based on their reactions to a set of routine questions.

But security experts wonder whether Transportation Safety Administration agents are up to the challenge after an embarrassing string of blunders — including patting down a 95-year-old grandmother in Florida and making her remove her adult diaper and frisking a 3-year-old girl who screamed “stop touching me” at a checkpoint in Tennessee.

“I’m not convinced that the TSA has good enough people to make the Israeli approach work on a large scale,” said Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor who has followed the TSA at his blog, Instapundit.com.

But he noted, “Almost anything would be an improvement over the clown show we’ve got now.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1355725

Nubs
08-02-2011, 12:14 PM
This is already done at Schipol on flights into Detroit, and not by TSA but a NGO. These screeners carry themselves like military interrogators. All business no emotion.

There are about 1 dozen screeners, each with their own podium. You are stopped at an initial queue and are then assigned to a screener who escorts you to a podium. They then ask you questions about when you entered the country, where you went, with whom you traveled, and you final destination. This is performed while the look you over like a side of beef. After screening, you are then processed through the scanner and carry on xray.

It is my observation that they really do not care what you answer but how you answer. I had just sprinted across the entire airport, through passport control and finally arrived at the gate with 1 lung hanging out my mouth. My clarity of thought and speech raised concerns and they then went through my itinerary etc.

Schipol doesn't not have the TSA checkpoint prior to multiple gates like OHare etc. They have scanners and xrays at each gate.

If they do it like Hannover, The screening teams will go from gate to gate as people assemble for boarding and not be assigned to a single gate.

I think this will result in being scanned and xrayed, as we are now, then a formal preboarding phase at your respective gate, where you are screened, and finally you are held in the gate area, where you cannot leave except by your flight.

hampshirebrit
08-02-2011, 04:53 PM
Very similar to what I went through when I flew to and back home from Israel. Very polite but plenty of questions. They didn't like some of the visas in my passport (one in particular made them nervous). Departing Ben Gurion IA was the only time I have been required to "drop trou" at an international border crossing. Could have been a lot worse though, at least the rubber gloves didn't go anywhere I didn't want them to go.

El Al is a crap airline in most respects but you do feel reasonably confident that you will reach your destination in one rather than many pieces. I'm all for proper humint based airport screening.