TSA: You Could be a Terrorist if you have use Good Posture have Sweaty Palms, Fidget or Whistle

Raw Story – by Alexander Rosenmann

This week, a Chicago Midway International Airport passenger recorded a two-minute long video, which has since gone viral, illustrating the excruciating long line for TSA screenings:


The TSA claims this is “simply the new normal” and blames “record travel volume.”

According to the Intercept, which obtained a confidential TSA document, the TSA has alist of body language signs that it believes indicates a greater likelihood that a passenger is a terrorist, which include “fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms …arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture.”

Behavior Detection Officers are employed to spot these behaviors at airports. The controversial screening program was created by a psychologist, Paul Ekman, who’s been studying behavioral analysis for nearly 50 years.

In case you’re frustrated, disappointed or alarmed by the long lines the next time you’re at the airport, check out Ekman’s latest project “Atlas of Emotions,” which he calls “the world’s first interactive mapping of how emotions influence our lives.”


3 thoughts on “TSA: You Could be a Terrorist if you have use Good Posture have Sweaty Palms, Fidget or Whistle

  1. Police Everywhere Are Using BULLSHIT “Behavior Detection” To Spy On Everyone:

    John Horgan, then Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell and currently a professor of Global Studies and Psychology at Georgia State University, served as an advisor to the Working Group. He explains that in his presentation to the group, “the very first thing I did was to outline and explain why there’s no consistent profile, and why (and how) any behavioral indicators seem to be identified only in hindsight … [T]here’s [no] clear checklist of symptoms that reliably predict[s] who is a terrorist. That doesn’t exist, and I made that very clear from the very first meeting I had with the group.”

    An e-mail which lists “takeaways” from the first Working Group meeting acknowledges that behavioral indicators have been “disputed as unfounded” and it “may be challenging to craft specific intervention protocols” without them.

  2. “The controversial screening program was created by a psychologist,…”

    Oh, THAT makes it credible… dreamed up by a snake oil salesman.

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