|Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4):|
They do through investigations of all papers, repeat the same questions to look for too much consistanticy or inconsistancy, and so on. Part of their tactic is intimidation to discourage one from even considering a terror act. For ElAl, that is a necessity.
There was an article in the Chicago Tribune's travel section by a reporter who flew out of Tel Aviv for Cairo. While she felt that the security officers who questioned her took their time and did repeat some questions, she felt they were fair, professional in their manner, and very intelligent. She didn't feel that they were trying to trip her up, but simply were making sure that her answers about her travel plans were consistant.
One of the things that I have heard repeatedly during interviews with Israeli security experts on ways to improve U.S. security is to train people to converse with passengers. The reasoning is that many of Israel's security procedures would not work in the U.S., because of the volume of flights and passengers that the U.S. handles on a daily basis. While the U.S. needs to upgrade the technology used to screen passengers, baggage, and cargo, training people on interview techniques is a cost-effective means of upgrading security.
Obviously, there is ample opportunity for security persons to talk to passenger, whether it's waiting for a ticketing kiosk, checking baggage at a ticket counter, or waiting at security.
Moreover, anyone who works at an airport, be it security personnel, airline employees, or cashiers at bookstores and McDonald's, can be trained to converse with passengers and identify clues that could merit the attention of TSA
and law enforcement.
For all the high technology that El Al and Israel use for aviation security, Israeli security experts still believe that passenger interviews are their best line of defense against terrorism
|Quoting Manni (Reply 14):|
Have you been aproached by a security person when waiting in line to check in? I can say with 110% certainty that AA at LHR does interview their passengers. In case you journey started in LHR, you will most definitely have been asked security questions before checking in while you're documents are being checked aswell, perhaps it wasn't clear to you what it was all about. Note that the agents do not introduce it as 'we ask your cooperation for this profiling interview'.
Back in 1988, my father learned about the "passenger interview" at LHR
. He was asked if his luggage had been in his control after packing his bags. My father responded that he had packed his bags at the hotel, went down for breakfast, then went back to his room to get his bags to check out.
That warrented an extra inspection of his bags, because, in theory, a hotel maid or maintenance person could have accessed his room and planted something in his bag.