TSA Watching Your Facial Expressions in Airport Security Lines

The TSA is now watching your facial expressions and body movements.  No, not because they’re perverts.  It’s actually part of their new job description.

The Global Traveler USA online broke the news.  They say that the TSA is now watching passenger behavior–yes, even facial expressions and body movements.

I guess my habit of  flipping the TSA off with the hand in my pant pocket isn’t such a good idea anymore.

The TSA is hiring Behavioral Indicator Officers, whose job it is to identify people that are security threats based on their facial expressions, body movements, etc while in the airport security lines.  The new procedure is called SPOT, for Screening Passengers by Observation Technique by the TSA.  SPOT has been in the TSA testing phases since 2003, with the SPOT program costing $212 million in 2010.

In other words, looks now count while you’re waiting in line to get through security and onto your plane.  So don’t frown.  Don’t make a weird face when the TSA accidentally gropes your junk when frisking you.  Don’t look fearful or impatient.  Be wary of seeming too cocky or verbally express displeasure with long lines.  Or, you may just get hauled into the back room for additional questioning.

Do these behavioral detection methods really work?  Maybe the head TSA guys not watching the security monitors in the back room.  Instead, perhaps they’ve been watching a little too much of the TV show Lie To Me.  Is it realistic to think TSA agents are all of a sudden going to turn into a whole army of Dr. Cal Lightman like guys (Tim Roth’s character on the show, who was an ace at using behavior indicators to detect people in a lie)?

 

TSA Watching Your Facial Expressions in Airport Security Lines| The TSA is now watching your facial expressions and body movements.  No, not because they’re perverts.  It’s actually part of their new job description…

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