Published on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Airport screening program is dismissed as useless

TSA behavioral screening at airports is little better than guessing and has wasted $1 billion since 2007, a Government Accountability Office report has found.

The report found that the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program, under which agents spot suspicious passengers and engage them in conversation, is not effective in screening potentially dangerous travelers.

The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security will hold a hearing about the report on Thursday. 

"In the wake of last week's tragic shooting at LAX, we have a responsibility to re-examine existing TSA security policies and programs, in order to identify practical, risk-based steps that can be taken to strengthen coordination between local law enforcement and TSA, and to prioritize security measures more effectively," Richard Hudson, the subcommittee chairman, said in a statement today."

The SPOT program puts 3,000 behavior detection officers at 176 airports, and costs more than $200 million a year.

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  • If It's Not Working, They Aren't Doing it Right

    TSA is not doing a great job at best. They should look at Israel and the success of their behavior detection program and utilize what has been an outstanding record in detecting suspicious people. Well, duh! Using the LAX shooting to say we shouldn't be profiling is ridiculous. The was dropped off outside the terminal, walked through the terminal and when he reached the TSA area started shooting. How could anyone have had the time to stop him, talk to him, etc.? To use this tragic incident as reason for claiming that this system doesn't work is ludicrous.

    By Judith Wilson, Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • behavior detection

    in theory the behavior detection system is good. but if the people administering the program are morons of course it will be a failure. tsa cant just contract it out to companies and leave it to them to administer.

    By saul mishaan, Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • TSA does not critique itself...

    The TSA has already wasted billions of dollars making certain we don't get through security checkpoints with water... - their infamous 3-1-1 program that no one has cared about, or enforced for years (but I still see the "sheep" dutifully placing their TSA-approved ziplock bags on the conveyor belt). The terrorists must be laughing in their caves every time they hear the word TSA.

    By Lee Wilson, Thursday, November 14, 2013

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