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The Woeful TSA Doesn’t Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech

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Hauled before Congress for a ritual grilling, TSA chief Peter Neffenger pledged to increase staffing including sniffer dogs and encourage more people to enroll in the TSA Pre-Check program, in which trusted travelers who ve undergone background checks and paid a fee pass through a quicker, less rigorous screening.

The Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats ALERT Center at Northeastern University is a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence a swanky name for funded R centers that is looking into the future of security checkpoints, and it s got some intriguing ideas.

We have good preliminary results.

These technological innovations are useful, but should be viewed as supplements, not replacements for people, Sela argues.

Every car and every passenger must pass through several layers of screening before they even get near the check-in hall, and most of that screening is behavioral or psychological.

That looking involves exhaustive questions about travel plans, backgrounds, and luggage.

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