Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The TSA’s SPOT program, which trains agents to identify terrorists by reading faces and body language, costs taxpayers more than $1 billion and hasn’t helped nab, well, anyone.
But the record of these behavior-detection officers is disappointing, to say the least: not a single terrorist nabbed. In fact, 16 passengers allegedly tied to terror plots passed 23 times through airports — and not one was picked out of the crowd.
And a federal watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, is warning that SPOT’s miserable record probably won’t get any better, at least any time soon. Frankly, I fly a few times a year and I have perfected travel zen attitude. I become no one, I am somewhere else. I smile pleasantly. It's breathing and meditation. It works. Perhaps, I could market the technique.