OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 :::

Your Ticket, Please...And Tell Me About Your Mother

While the Virginia blog world bones-up on its North African slang, the rest of the world moves forward, and not always in the right direction.

Leading the way, of course, is the TSA (no, that is not a Moroccan term for rat bastard, but it may raise eyebrows in Oran).

According to the Denver Post (full disclosure: I was a deliver boy for them in 1978), the TSA "...wants to expand its practice of monitoring passengers for indications of stress, fear or deception."

Which ought to cover just about everyone in or near an airport.

One way the TSA might expand behavioral observation is by taking over the ticket- and identification-check process that takes place just before entering security - a function now handled by contractors working for airlines.

I feel safer already.

But how deep will this new psychological screening really go? Will TSA agents be able to help people come to grips with personality disorders, phobias or even a raging Electra complex? Time will tell.

But until then, there's always this little nugget to help make your next flight even more stressful:

Isaac Yeffet, a former head of security for Israel's El Al Airlines, says liquids should be banned until the U.S. has an effective profiling system, and security screeners are more effective and have training in liquid explosives.

"The level of security we have is not ready to prevent tragedy," he says.

Thanks for flying.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/15/2006 2 comments


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