You can be arrested for sweating? This seems to the case with one airport security monitoring program. The TSA is revealing new tactics to hinder terroristic behavior in airports by analyzing body language and cognitive behaviors of travelers. This approach, in theory, will help thwart danger and provide a heightened level of security for travelers. However, it appears to only be emerging accusations of racial profiling and unethical techniques to subdue or harass the same individuals they are meant to protect.
The official program initiative is called Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT). There are certain officials designated to read the expressions and non-verbal language of a person for about 30 seconds and identify red flags in their nature. Basically, a person can be stressed about flying for the first time and due to subjective analysis, they’d be sought out for questioning. The most ironic aspect is that the program has been around since 2007 and many are uninformed about the secret observations.
The very officers incorporated within the program have spoken out against the tactics. According to CNN, one officer stated, “They just pull aside anymore who they don’t like the way they look—if they are black and have expensive clothes or jewelry, or if they are Hispanic”. Profiling seems to have taken a whole new turn.