The Pendleton Panther

New future for Airport Screening?

Posted on: October 6, 2009

Actual Sensor tracking eye movement.

Actual Sensor tracking eye movement.

There has been a new Homeland Security-funded project called the Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST. According to CNN “Instead of focusing on whether you have hidden explosives or whether you’re carrying a weapon, sensors and cameras located at security checkpoints would measure the natural signals coming from your body — your heart rate, breathing, eye movement, body temperature and fidgeting.” This could allow for passengers to leave on their jackets and shoes through security checkpoints. The machine has the ability to gather up all the data it has received on the person and then determine whether the person has the intent or malicious desire to cause damage or harm. It will help security officers in the process of secondary screening or questioning. It ties in physical outward movements to emotional and mental actions. It also tests people based on responses to questions. It can analyze sudden changes in temperature or movements. It can analyze many different signals and signs. This new system I feel is very plausible but still like any new technology has its drawbacks. There are many critics and people against the use of such technology as well. They feel it violates their rights. Whether or not this technology will ever make it to commercial airports is up to the government. It will be very interesting though to see how this situation pans out.


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