A smile is no longer simply a smile. Nor is it a nervous tic simply a nervous tic. National and international travelers are discovering that both men and machines are wrapping a veil of vigilance around each step that travelers take when they enter an airport or attempt to board a flight. The search search? Hostile intention in travelers.
If September 11 was the terrorist call to alert people about a changed world, then the recent terrorist bombing campaigns in Spain, London and a frustrated attempt to explode at least 10 planes leaving the United Kingdom to the United States in August they point a knocking on the door at laissez faire travel security.
When machines predict our intentions. Upon entering the airport, an alleged "innocent traveler" approaches the latest in travel surveillance machines, sits in a nearby cubicle for a brief 5-minute interview of questions and answers in your preferred language. Questions like "are you armed?" … or "you carry an illegal passport or illegal drugs" are directed towards the person.
"Suspicious" travelers are contained inside the cabin and must use a touch screen monitor to answer a variety of questions. What they face, in reality, is a combination of cutting-edge technology of sophisticated computer algorithms, polygraph lie detection models and artificial intelligence. The game? A life or death movement chess game versus countermovement … chess master versus Big Blue machine technology … to identify and then neutralize hostile people along with saving travelers & # 39; lives.
Photosensors control contractions and facial muscle patterns. Similarly, sensory probes along the touch screen can detect elevated temperatures on the surface of the skin and sweat, revealing a sudden increase in nervousness and blood pressure. Do you try to hide your intentions? Yes, it is possible, especially if you have received good training in military procedures. However, the new class of "biometric" monitors has the advantage of the game over people with hostile intentions due to the sophisticated software that incorporates the most advanced programming in psychophysiological patterns.
What about general nervousness? Neither Orwell's biometric surveillance machines nor human eyes can separate general nervousness. A business traveler may be stressed due to missed appointments or delays at the airport … or someone lost a family member due to illness or accident. This type of "common traveler stress" can be quickly filtered as non-hostile by nature.
However, live safety responses are increasing their skills and effectiveness in human intervention to identify potentially bad types due to behavioral recognition. Signals to search? Something strange … not quite congruent … like a long coat on a summer day, or a voice bell that rises under tension or facial muscle movements that occur when a person tries to mask an underlying emotion. When a traveler's emotion is "hiding", then the immediate and direct need is to discover "why is there a hidden emotion and why the attempt to cover up"?
Travel Itinerary Impact – Airport parking. Safety procedures, minimum arrival times allowed before the flight, flights with many reservations indicate the need to ensure reserved parking at the airport at least 2 to 3 days before the trip. Make sure you have a reserved parking spot at the airport when booking online. Expect delays. Give yourself at least 90 minutes of "backup backup time" to absorb unexpected delays.
Travel Itinerary Impact – Airport Hotels. Travel interruptions due to security updates will be reflected in a large increase in the "downtime" of travelers, as books, laptops, cell phones and virtually all objects, except baby food and small vials of prescription drugs, travelers will be banned & # 39; Hand luggage list.
Impact? Travelers should coordinate more closely with hotels near the airport with technology enabled to regain access to web-based business work files, or coordinate webex conference calls with customers and the home office.