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Paul Ekman Science furthered as part of Intelligence Driven Security Measures

What is it?

As part of TSA’s evolving risk-based security screening approach, TSA is exploring the combined use of multiple layers of security to indirectly conduct a real-time threat assessment of passengers at select airports. This concept enables TSA to modify standard security lanes to identify passengers for expedited screening through TSA Precheck, which improves security, efficiency and the passenger experience.

How it works.

After the initial risk assessment by Passenger Screening Canines and Behavior Detection Officers as passengers move through the standard security checkpoint area, a TSA Officer will verify the traveler’s boarding pass and identification while the passenger steps onto an electronic mat with directional arrows.

The BDOs will use the SPOT training (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques), based on Paul Ekman methods.

The government says the procedure – the SPOT program – is far more effective than random searches. It’s based in large part on research conducted by Dr. Paul Ekman, and he tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter about the benefits and challenges of the SPOT program..

The mat randomly designates whether the passenger will experience standard or expedited screening through TSA Precheck. This initiative will operate at designated checkpoints at different times, depending on passenger volume and other variables. Passengers who go through the TSA Precheck process are able to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, and are able to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. For more information on TSA Precheck visit

Posted on: Saturday, November 17th, 2007

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