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Will TSA Agents be Replaced by Machines?
dVice ^ | Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | Robin Burks

Posted on 01/05/2014 7:33:23 PM PST by DogByte6RER

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Will TSA agents be replaced by machines?

One of the main reasons that Americans hate to fly is the Transporation Security Administration (TSA). Not only is it annoying to have to strip down at security checkpoints, submit to the occasional patdown and stand in long lines to verify our identities, but the entire system is inefficient. So what happens if we take humans off of those jobs and use machines instead? Several European airports are looking to answer that question by installing eye and face scanners, along with fingerprint readers, at security checkpoints.

Many airports’ immigration checks have used these measures, but the idea of using biometric technology at security checkpoints is still relatively new. The move would take humans out of the equation and let machines, which don’t succumb to things like getting tired on the job, take care of ID’ing flyers instead. Airline industry officials believe this automation will make air travel better, keep flyers happier and make security more efficient. And obviously, using biometrics could also save the industry a lot of money.

So how does a biometric security checkpoint work? London’s Gatwick airport, which performed a trial earlier this year, started by getting rid of boarding passes altogether. Eye scans verified fliers, allowing security cameras to identify them not only for the security checkpoint, but also for their boarding gate. Next year, London’s Heathrow airport and Amsterdown’s Airport Schiphol will start using a new baggage-screening technology that will take humans entirely out of the process. According to experts, these new machines use algorithms that are more likely to find explosives than a human.

As you can imagine, this idea of replacing man with machine isn’t going well with some. Some would argue that a machine can’t identify things like behavioral patterns and that such machines are predictable, meaning that terrorists could outwit them. Others believe this unlikely as biometrics is harder to fake than a boarding pass. The naysayers also can’t argue with the statistics: when Amsterdam Schiphol tested its facial recognition scanners, the machines were right 98 percent of the time and only allowed 1 out of 1,000 false identities through the system. No numbers are available for similar human statistics, but these numbers are impressive.

More than likely, though, no TSA jobs will be lost when these systems go live in U.S. airports. Industry officials expect that using biometrics at security checkpoints will free up TSA agents to focus their time and abilities on watching for suspicious behaviors. Needless to say, these new measures will speed up getting through airport security, and that makes this technology, along with faster carry on luggage screeners, a very good thing.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airport; airportscreening; biometrics; bravenewworld; fearofflying; homelandsecurity; markofthebeast; robocop; suspiciousbehaviors; tsa
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1 posted on 01/05/2014 7:33:24 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

I’d say an Etch’a’Sketch would do. It probably will catch more terrorists.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 7:35:59 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: DogByte6RER

Nude body scanner redux coming?


3 posted on 01/05/2014 7:36:37 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: KC_Lion

New Vegas Ping.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 7:37:45 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Gaffer

well you can’t catch fewer than the TSA has


5 posted on 01/05/2014 7:38:10 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Will they be replaced by machines?

Dude, that’s just stupid. It implies that they’re not machinations.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 7:39:00 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: DogByte6RER
free up TSA agents to focus their time and abilities on watching for suspicious behaviors.

From what I read (I haven't been in an airport since 2001) here on FR, most are not particularly impressed with the intellectual caliber of TSA workers, so I am doubtful that they're up to analyzing "suspicious behaviors."

7 posted on 01/05/2014 7:41:38 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Until we implement a screening program using the methods employed by Israel, the TSA will continue to be a waste of time and money.

Oh...did I mention that would require more stringent employment and training standards?


8 posted on 01/05/2014 7:42:02 PM PST by G Larry
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To: DogByte6RER

Machines are more intelligent and less likely to steal you I-Pad to sell on EBay.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 7:43:12 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Read Beast Tech by Terry Cook and Thomas Horn.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 7:52:49 PM PST by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: DogByte6RER

No. Chimps.


11 posted on 01/05/2014 8:00:54 PM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: DogByte6RER

GropeBot 2000


12 posted on 01/05/2014 8:04:11 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Bender2

Ping.


13 posted on 01/05/2014 8:05:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: TADSLOS; Norm Lenhart
Welcome to Vegas. Make Your Stay a Peaceful One!


14 posted on 01/05/2014 8:08:14 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: DogByte6RER

15 posted on 01/05/2014 8:13:35 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: DogByte6RER

Just replace them with pedophiles, mashers, perverts and theives.

Oh! Wait...


16 posted on 01/05/2014 8:14:10 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: andyk

“Will they be replaced by machines?”

Can machines pay union dues, and help finance election of Democrats?


17 posted on 01/05/2014 8:16:50 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: OldPossum

They’re morons. The only thing about these clowns is they yell at your face to place your laptop and shoes in separate bins.


18 posted on 01/05/2014 8:22:16 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: DogByte6RER

As in RoboGroper?


19 posted on 01/05/2014 8:30:33 PM PST by QT3.14 (Governments job is not to redistribute wealth - it is to protect our liberties)
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To: DogByte6RER

How will they program the nastiness, arrogance and stupidity into 90% of them?


20 posted on 01/05/2014 8:34:19 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Elsiejay
Can machines pay union dues, and help finance election of Democrats?

They'll do what they're told.
21 posted on 01/05/2014 10:37:34 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I guess I’m a little spoiled we haven’t flown commercial in the last 20 years, we’ve always had our own planes and other than having to go through customs from time to time we just haven’t seen the TSA thing. This year we have to go up to Utah for a family reunion and it just so happens that’s the month the plane goes to Dallas for it’s yearly physical. We’ve decided to just take the time and drive, see some country I haven’t seen from the ground in a long time.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 4:40:11 AM PST by Dusty Road
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