Government report says TSA behavior profiling not working

BY newsdesk  November 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM EST

A TSA agent instructs travelers at Pittsburgh International Airport. A new report says that a TSA profiling program is ineffective. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office says that a Transportation Security Administration program that attempts to screen the behavior of passengers at airports has shown to be ineffective.

The TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, involves trained agents who screen and identify suspicious behavior at airports, then talk with the suspicious person to determine the threat. The GAO report claims the program’s success rate is “the same or slightly better than chance.”

“TSA has yet to empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of the program despite spending about $900 million on it since 2007,” Steve Lord, director of the GAO investigation, told the AP.

The House Homeland Security Committee is expected to discuss the report at a subcommittee hearing Thursday.

H/T Justin Scuiletti