Behavioral Gate Screening

People that are flying this summer may notice extra random screenings at airline gates. This can include checking identification and boarding passes, physical searches of carry-on luggage, and screening of individuals. They are not announced in advance and can occur at any gate at any given time.

“TSA’s specially trained Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) will accompany the TSOs during some of the screening activities to provide an additional layer of security. BDOs screen travelers for involuntary physical and physiological reactions that indicate stress, fear or deception.”

The article goes on to say that the thought police BDO’s realize those behaviors do not automatically someone has criminal/terrorist intent. Gee, that’s magnanimous of them. Do you feel safer now?

I wonder what kind of “specialty training” the thought police BDO’s have? The article does not say if they had to take psychology classes, criminal justice classes, read George Orwell’s 1984?

Even the most well trained professionals in the medical field admit that their profession is subjective, not objective. Do the BDO’s understand this?

What measures are they using for the physical and physiological reactions? This area is so broad that a lot of people will be caught up in this snare, which I suspect is the real reason they are doing this in the first place.

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