“The Transportation Security Administration program, dubbed “Quiet Skies,” has existed since 2010 as an effort to mitigate the threat “posed by unknown or partially-known terrorists” after identifying people based on their travel history or other criteria. Air marshals then track such passengers and document their behavior at airports and in-flight, including how often they go to the bathroom, how many hours they sleep, if a traveler has “strong body odor” or “wide open, staring eyes.
Air marshals tasked with following those in the program then write minute-by-minute accounts of travelers’ behavior and send that information to the TSA.”
How can minute by minute accounts of airline passengers doing nothing wrong be analyzed in any manner to help fight terrorism? As opposed to just collecting data on when they do something wrong, like try to pick a lock or something?
I can’t help mentioning the quote above made me think of the lyrics to Pink Floyd’s song “Nobody Home”:
“I’ve got wide staring eyes
And I’ve got a strong urge to fly”