Doug Bedell — October 20, 2011, 2:36 pm

TSA Testing ‘Chat-Downs,’ Too

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing a “chat-based” form of passenger screening – known as “chat-downs” – in addition to the pre-screening program that Barrier Briefs reported on earlier this month.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County and Boston’s Logan Airport are the test sites for the program, in which specially trained “TSA employees briefly talk to passengers to assess whether they might be involved in terrorist activities.”  The “conversations” are held before the passengers proceed to baggage X-ray and passenger screening and are said not to add to waiting times in airport lines. “The interview lasts about one minute and resembles an encounter at a U.S. Customs checkpoint,” the Bloomberg news feed advises.

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