TSA Agents Questioning Every Passenger at Logan’s Terminal A: ‘Where Are You Going?’

August 2, 2011 - 8:00 AM

From the Boston Globe: Fliers at Boston's Logan airport will face enhanced "behavioral" screening today, as TSA officials ask them questions such as "where are you traveling today?" or "How long have you been in town?" the Boston Globe reported.

“We’re not looking for the answers necessarily; we’re instead gauging the reaction, the response to the question,” said George Naccara, TSA federal security director at Logan, told the newspaper.

The enhanced behavior-detection security program, the first of its kind, is intended to detect suspicious behavior, such as profuse sweating or avoiding eye contact, the newspaper reported.

As part of the trial program, TSA officers will speak with every passenger passing through the Terminal A security checkpoint, something that will take about 20 seconds per passenger, the TSA estimated. People deemed to be a possible threat will be pulled aside for additional screening.

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