Current TSA’s PreCheck lets passengers that have had information turned over in advance by airlines (in most cases, elite frequent flyers) go through security ‘as it used to be’ with freedom baggie left inside a carryon, laptop inside laptop case, and shoes left on.
Now the TSA is testing turning the decision on expedited screening eligibility over to dogs.
The Transportation Security Administration is now using dogs to prescreen passengers, sniffing for explosives before they get to the metal detectors and X-ray machines.
The good news for passengers is that this kind of passive screening — stand and be sniffed — can alleviate the need for more cumbersome procedures at the TSA checkpoint, like removing shoes and taking laptops and bagged liquids out of luggage.
The science on dogs is really bad, and generally deference is simply given to the cop on whatever they say the dog does or doesn’t identify. In other words, police usually just use the dogs as a pretext for searches.
But, the science is no worse than the behavior detection programs that poorly trained screeners are asked to perform. Ironic that the program is called SPOT when it’s the TSA humans doing it. Guess this is suggestive of how they view screeners?
Correspondent S. wonders how the sniffing dogs will interact with Colorado’s move to legalize marijuana.
Colorado of course may have legal pot but it’s still a violation of federal law, local law enforcement gets directed not to do anything about pot and generally all TSA does is turn over such things to local law enforcement.
But it could become the unexpected place where the federal / state showdown on this issue happens.
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