Time Series on Airport Security

An interesting peice by Time Magazine on new airport
anti-terror system that will soon be tested.

The test, says the Time exclusive, will rely on “human judgement.” To wit:

The system known as SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) relies more on the human dimension in
detecting threats, and is to be tested at two northeastern airports starting later this month.

I don’t know about you, but the last time I went to the airport, and pretty much every time before that too, I
found the “human element” among the security staff somewhat lacking. Maybe it’s just me, but I think we ought to get
all that facial recognition, bio-rhythm recognition, biometric stuff working before we rely on the judgment of the
people who work at airports. Aren’t these folks just a rung or two above fast food workers in the service food

Well, according to the article, the new stratagem has already reaped significant benefits:

Although the profiling programs are aimed primarily at stopping terrorists, they have had other benefits. The
Massachusetts State Police have arrested about 20 people for infractions ranging from being in the country illegally
to failing to answer outstanding warrants for various offenses.

So from now on remember to wipe that sh&% eating grin off your face when sneaking that dime bag through