This is a personally run site. It
is not TSA sponsored. There is no posting of any SSI/FOUO/PII on the site.
There is no ONE sign that someone is lying. Withholding emotion,
cognitive load, and/or attempted control, especially when the stakes are
high, can create a number of identifiable non-verbal cues of deception.
What helps detect deception? The practicing of learned lie detection
techniques will increase your chances to detect the cues.
try to spot the fake smile? Click Next after you answer the first
two questions. You can't replay any videos. Good luck.
Or perhaps you would like to
test your lie
Did you read the U.S. Government Accountability Office report about
SPOT? I did and I am not happy about the way that SPOT was presented.
The whole world will soon learn that 18 "terrorists" travelled 23 times
through the airports where SPOT was deployed. Media will not mention
that it is not known whether BDOs were posted to the checkpoints where
the 18 terrorists travelled through. I wish we had a way to counter the
"revelations" like that.
TSA SPOT pilot program started in April 2006. Since its initial
testing at Logan Airport, SPOT has been tested in Portland and Bangor,
Maine; Providence, RI; and Minneapolis-St. Paul. TSA has already trained
its employees to use SPOT at many airports. There are over 3,000 BDOs at 161
airports. TSA has BDOs in
every major airport to spot possible terrorists.
"A good BDO has developed the skills to separate normal airport
anxieties from fundamental signs of hostile intent” Kip Hawley said in
the interview with New York Times. [more]
SPOT is based
solidly on specific observed behavioral criteria and does not consider
race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin as determining
Email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
suggestions or comments.