GAO: $1 billion TSA behavioral screening program 'slightly better than chance'
The federal government may have wasted $1 billion on a TSA program called â€śSPOTâ€ť that profiles people who may be â€śbad guysâ€ť at airports by talking to them, the Government Accountability Office reported Wednesday. There is no evidence that it works, it said.
The Transportation Security Administrationâ€™s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program relies on training personnel to recognize indicators like fear, stress or deceptive behavior that can be used to identify persons who may pose a risk to aviation security. Those who exhibit those indicators are subjected to additional security screening.
But the GAO report concludes the training produces results that are â€śthe same as or slightly better than chance.â€ť...