I almost titled this, “Get to know your local TSA agent.” But of course, that’s not what’s going on. They don’t really care if you know them, they want to know you. According to NPR, the TSA will now require every passenger going through Boston Logan to submit to a “quick interview” with a TSO. Various questions will be asked of passengers, such as where they are going and why, how long, where they have been, etc. They call it behavioral profiling, and it’s been used in Israel for years. Boston is the first, with a gradual roll out expected across the country at some point.
What if a traveler doesn’t speak English? Evidently, that doesn’t matter. They’re not really looking for the answers to your questions–they are looking for most behaviors that are “involuntary physiological reactions that a human being would not be able to repress.” Really? Like that guy on TV that can tell when people are lying? My experience with TSA has, for the most part, been totally fine (compared to a lot of horror stories you hear about). But I thought people looking for “involuntary physiological reactions” that last milliseconds have to be highly trained for years. Do they really think the average TSA agent will be able to see these reactions? I am very curious to see how this goes down. Of course, as the article says, ” as long as the bad guys believe this works, that’s half the battle.”
Readers, what do you think? Will this work?