• TSA Trained Disney World in Goofy “Terrorist Detection” Methods

    November 7, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    The same ridiculed and useless techniques used by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to not find terrorists at America’s airports are now being used at Orlando theme parks, including Disney World, Seaworld and Busch Gardens, to not find terrorists.

    A Billion Dollars Hits the SPOT

    The Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, program is TSA’s one billion dollar “behavioral detection” scheme. SPOT requires TSA staff to be on the lookout for indicators, “tells” to you poker players out there, that give away bad guys. Some of the actual indicators are listed on the graphic, above.

    There are actually 92 individual indicators (terrorists are sneaky!), divided into various categories with a point score assigned to each. Those categories include a preliminary “observation and behavior analysis.” Those passengers pulled over for additional inspection are scored based on two more categories: whether they have “unusual items,” like almanacs and “numerous prepaid calling cards or cell phones,” and a final category for “signs of deception,” which include “covers mouth with hand when speaking” and “fast eye blink rate.”

    TSA agents are also told to watch out for persons traveling “wearing a disguise.”

    You can also be judged less suspicious. Points can be deducted from someone’s score based on observations that they are part of an “apparent” married couple, as long as both people are over 55. No word on same sex couples. That’s two points deducted. Women over the age of 55 have one pointed deducted; for men, the point deduction doesn’t come until they reach 65.

    SPOT On Failures

    As to how well the SPOT program works, let’s check in with the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.

    That office found in 2013 that TSA had failed to evaluate SPOT at all, and thus “cannot ensure that passengers at United States airports are screened objectively, show that the program is cost-effective, or reasonably justify the program’s expansion.”

    The Government Accounting Office and independent scientists who bothered to evaluate SPOT say it performs no better than a coin-toss at catching terrorists.

    Enter the Mouse

    With that kind of track record, you are left shaking your head when you learn that Orlando TSA officers trained 400 local cops and security for area attractions like Disney in the SPOT system, all of whom are now watching for “excessive throat clearing,” “improper attire,” “gazing down,” and “wide open staring eyes” as signs of potential theme park terrorism.

    At least now, with SPOT, everyone has a “scientific basis” for their racial profiling.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      From one of the links: “Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points..”

      ‘Arrogance’? Well, alot of DC and maybe all of Northern Virginia are in trouble then.

      Im always flagged for the extra screening. No, Im sure its not being pale from having shaved a beard. I’m female. (At least I hope it is NOT). I go for long periods not shaving my legs in winter but I’ve never noticed any special difference in skin pallor.

      The last time I flew, my mom even was snagged for special clearing. She actually enjoyed the pat down, but she was lucky — some cute guy did the questioning part. Thanks, TSA, for making my 72 year old Mom smile. Priceless

      11/7/15 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Well, we now know what PlayMobile will have to add to their Airport Screening offering- Goofy will be the dog to help sniff out terrorists.

      11/7/15 10:21 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      I categorically reject this USG induced cognitive dissonance; being tested on its employees as I retired from federal public service in ’04! Today, I wake up a yawning terrist with CHRONIC ‘screening’ complaints, exacerbating my phlegmatic old age and stupefying endurance of the process; a parka-clad Alaskan in Hawaii whose luggage has been airline-lost, trying to whistle my cares away while bowed in the interminably shuffling line, constantly patting back my consequent drooping comb-over and pallid from hours standing still in these qeues, twiddling my thumbs, again in abject stupefaction!
      … O ! Look, Another TERRIST!
      Gawd DEM TSA A$$ $OUL$

      11/7/15 10:42 AM | Comment Link

    • Patricia said...


      “TSA agents are also told to watch out for persons traveling “wearing a disguise.””

      I laughed out loud when I read that – thank you, PVB. After a long day, I feel so much better —
      and so much Safer!!

      11/7/15 6:31 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      So what is it like working Hallowen at DisneyWorld? Pretty taxing I imagine.

      11/8/15 11:36 AM | Comment Link

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