Today we see drinking gone bad, very bad. The end result was the passenger being duct taped to his seat. Next, we look at TSA’s Behavior Detection Officers who are watching you at airports. Finally, a new technology is installed in Canada to alert winter road crew to pending problems.
Passenger gets himself duct taped to his seat
Many of us heard about the passenger from Iceland who was duct taped to his seat during his flight after getting drunk. Here is the video. Is this the right way to handle these types of passengers? Or, was this unjust force?
Subtle signs that may make you an airport security risk
If you feel like you are being watched while walking through the airport from check-in to boarding, don’t think you are paranoid. You are being watched by TSA’s watchers — the Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs). Are they useful?
Some say, “Yes.”
Some say, “No.”
But, millions of dollars of your taxpayer money are going to these specially trained cops on the airport beat.
The Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, concluded in a recent report there is no credible evidence that TSA’s behavior-detection program, which costs about $200 million a year, is effective. Scientific studies in general show human ability to identify deceptive behavior without conversation is at best only slightly better than 50-50 chance, the November report said. GAO urged Congress to cut back funding.
TSA says the program is a vital part of a multilayered regimen, crucial to the agency’s effort to get smarter about risk-based, targeted security.
TSA Administrator John Pistole, a former FBI official, likens the BDOs in 176 U.S. airports to cops on a beat. He notes that law enforcement and military have been using behavior-detection techniques for generations. The 94 different indicators that BDOs hunt for, such as fidgeting, excessive sweating and wearing heavy clothes in a warm climate, were developed largely from FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration criteria. And instead of reacting to the latest threat — whether it be box cutters or liquid explosives or bombs in underwear — the BDOs are proactive in looking for bad people regardless of weapon.
Modern highways — road sensors help crews manage ice and snow
When snow starts falling and temperatures are dropping, getting a jump on the weather helps keeps traffic flowing. In North Vancouver, Canada, the highway department has been installing a new kind of infrared sensor that alerts road crews of accumulating snow. Once aware of the developing problem, the snowplow drivers and salt trucks can be dispatched prior to a storm to keep the roads safe.
Road condition sensors, installed this year at the intersection of Ross Road and Mountain Highway in Lynn Valley, use infrared technology to measure road surface temperature, making snow and ice removal more efficient.
“We’re one of the first to have this type of technology. We’ve been dealing with snow and ice for a number of years, obviously, and the problem we’ve had in the past as temperatures have fallen is we rely on weather forecasts to help us predict what’s expected in terms of the cold weather,” said Erik Bayfield, streets manager for the district. “What we’ve been finding, though, is that the air temperatures that the meteorologists always give us are actually an unreliable way of telling us what’s going to happen.”
Bayfield said air temperatures often differ by a few degrees from the road surface temperature.
“Timing is everything. If we go too early, we waste the salt because what it does is it lands on dry road surface and is blown away by all the passing traffic (and) it ends up against the curb and goes down the drains,” he said.