TSA changes come to Logan Airport
BOSTON -- TSA calls it “enhanced behavior detection.”
"We’re looking for behaviors that are out of the ordinary,” said George Naccara, TSA Federal Security Director.
Seventy screeners at Logan Airport’s Terminal A have been specially trained to watch passengers closely as they head to their gates.
“I thought there might be something wrong; they were asking me questions, but they were pretty simple. It wasn’t a problem,” said Stephanie McBee, who was flying to Seattle.
If a passenger heading to Miami in the summer is wearing a heavy winter coat, he or she might be in for some extra questions. And state police working with customs arrested one man who came under suspicion on Tuesday.
"It was an illegal alien - he admitted he was in this country illegally, he hadn't deported himself - and CBP got involved and took it over from there,” said Naccara.
The pilot program has led to just 7 arrests 6 illegal immigrants, and one suspect who had outstanding warrants.
TSA says some 77,000 Terminal A passengers have been questioned so far, and 22 declined to answer.
"I think 20 of those were people who were afraid they'd miss a flight, they were in too much of a rush," said Naccara.
These passengers had just been questioned by TSA screeners.
"It took 2 or 3 more seconds - and even if there's only one arrest out of 77,000 it's worth it,” said Katie Rollins, a passenger.
"I thought it was unusual - they asked questions but it wasn’t intrusive or anything like that," Mike Melles, who was flying to Kansas City, said.
Though this pilot program is due to end here at Logan, Oct. 15, officials expect it will continue in some form as Washington assesses whether to use this technique across the country.
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