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The 'Israelification' of airports: High security, little bother

December 30, 2009

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/744199---israelification-high-security-little-bother

Cathal Kelly

While North America's airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification.

That is, how can we make our airports more like Israel's, which deal with far greater terror threat with far less inconvenience.

"It is mindboggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago," said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He's worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world.

"Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s--- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, 'We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport."

That, in a nutshell is "Israelification" - a system that protects life and limb without annoying you to death.

Fliers urged to opt out of airport security en masse

Despite facing dozens of potential threats each day, the security set-up at Israel's largest hub, Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, has not been breached since 2002, when a passenger mistakenly carried a handgun onto a flight. How do they manage that?

"The first thing you do is to look at who is coming into your airport," said Sela.

The first layer of actual security that greets travellers at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is a roadside check. All drivers are stopped and asked two questions: How are you? Where are you coming from?

"Two benign questions. The questions aren't important. The way people act when they answer them is," Sela said.

Officers are looking for nervousness or other signs of "distress" — behavioural profiling. Sela rejects the argument that profiling is discriminatory.

"The word 'profiling' is a political invention by people who don't want to do security," he said. "To us, it doesn't matter if he's black, white, young or old. It's just his behaviour. So what kind of privacy am I really stepping on when I'm doing this?"

Once you've parked your car or gotten off your bus, you pass through the second and third security perimeters.

Armed guards outside the terminal are trained to observe passengers as they move toward the doors, again looking for odd behaviour. At Ben Gurion's half-dozen entrances, another layer of security are watching. At this point, some travellers will be randomly taken aside, and their person and their luggage run through a magnometer.

"This is to see that you don't have heavy metals on you or something that looks suspicious," said Sela.

You are now in the terminal. As you approach your airline check-in desk, a trained interviewer takes your passport and ticket. They ask a series of questions: Who packed your luggage? Has it left your side?

"The whole time, they are looking into your eyes — which is very embarrassing. But this is one of the ways they figure out if you are suspicious or not. It takes 20, 25 seconds," said Sela.

Lines are staggered. People are not allowed to bunch up into inviting targets for a bomber who has gotten this far.

At the check-in desk, your luggage is scanned immediately in a purpose-built area. Sela plays devil's advocate — what if you have escaped the attention of the first four layers of security, and now try to pass a bag with a bomb in it?

"I once put this question to Jacques Duchesneau (the former head of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority): say there is a bag with play-doh in it and two pens stuck in the play-doh. That is 'Bombs 101' to a screener. I asked Ducheneau, 'What would you do?' And he said, 'Evacuate the terminal.' And I said, 'Oh. My. God.'

"Take Pearson. Do you know how many people are in the terminal at all times? Many thousands. Let's say I'm (doing an evacuation) without panic — which will never happen. But let's say this is the case. How long will it take? Nobody thought about it. I said, 'Two days.'"

A screener at Ben-Gurion has a pair of better options.

First, the screening area is surrounded by contoured, blast-proof glass that can contain the detonation of up to 100 kilos of plastic explosive. Only the few dozen people within the screening area need be removed, and only to a point a few metres away.

Second, all the screening areas contain 'bomb boxes'. If a screener spots a suspect bag, he/she is trained to pick it up and place it in the box, which is blast proof. A bomb squad arrives shortly and wheels the box away for further investigation.

"This is a very small simple example of how we can simply stop a problem that would cripple one of your airports," Sela said.

Five security layers down: you now finally arrive at the only one which Ben-Gurion Airport shares with Pearson — the body and hand-luggage check.

"But here it is done completely, absolutely 180 degrees differently than it is done in North America," Sela said.

"First, it's fast — there's almost no line. That's because they're not looking for liquids, they're not looking at your shoes. They're not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you," said Sela. "Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes ... and that's how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys."

That's the process — six layers, four hard, two soft. The goal at Ben-Gurion is to move fliers from the parking lot to the airport lounge in a maximum of 25 minutes.

This doesn't begin to cover the off-site security net that failed so spectacularly in targeting would-be Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — intelligence. In Israel, Sela said, a coordinated intelligence gathering operation produces a constantly evolving series of threat analyses and vulnerability studies.

"There is absolutely no intelligence and threat analysis done in Canada or the United States," Sela said. "Absolutely none."

But even without the intelligence, Sela maintains, Abdulmutallab would not have gotten past Ben Gurion Airport's behavioural profilers.

So. Eight years after 9/11, why are we still so reactive, so un-Israelified?

Working hard to dampen his outrage, Sela first blames our leaders, and then ourselves.

"We have a saying in Hebrew that it's much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it's dark over there. That's exactly how (North American airport security officials) act," Sela said. "You can easily do what we do. You don't have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept."

And rather than fear, he suggests that outrage would be a far more powerful spur to provoking that change.

"Do you know why Israelis are so calm? We have brutal terror attacks on our civilians and still, life in Israel is pretty good. The reason is that people trust their defence forces, their police, their response teams and the security agencies. They know they're doing a good job. You can't say the same thing about Americans and Canadians. They don't trust anybody," Sela said. "But they say, 'So far, so good'. Then if something happens, all hell breaks loose and you've spent eight hours in an airport. Which is ridiculous. Not justifiable

"But, what can you do? Americans and Canadians are nice people and they will do anything because they were told to do so and because they don't know any different."

Fliers urged to opt out of airport security en masse
 

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The new rules are nothing new to those overseas. The western hemisphere is finally catching up to a decades old style of security. Further, we need to understand that changes to security procedures are a reflection of intel and chatter, not just because they want to fiddle yer junk.

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I will be requesting MOS screeners for religious reasons of a taboo against men touching men. My fiance will also request a woman under the same rules of no unrelated man may touch a woman.
 

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I fully agree with the israelification, but even though the tactics are to observe behavior, there will still be people bitching that they were racially profiled.

So, in our continued support of political correctness, we will still pull 80 year old women, and 5 year old boys aside for pat downs and scans. :crazy:
 

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The new rules are nothing new to those overseas. The western hemisphere is finally catching up to a decades old style of security. Further, we need to understand that changes to security procedures are a reflection of intel and chatter, not just because they want to fiddle yer junk.

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I will be requesting MOS screeners for religious reasons of a taboo against men touching men. My fiance will also request a woman under the same rules of no unrelated man may touch a woman.
Did you READ the article? I was NEVER touched or irradiated in Russia, Cambodia, China, or many others.. Just the US and Canada... where the GOVT is to interested in putting on a protection of minorities show to LOOK FOR TERRORIST

http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=6687
 

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I would feel much more comfortable having a woman touching my privates than a man so, I will request a woman.

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As long as we insist on looking for the bomb instead of the bomber, there is no hope for the US air traveler.

Where is the probable cause for these illegal searches? And please, THINK very carefully before you answer.
 

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For those who see NO PROBLEM

For those of you who see no problem with tsa (lower case intentional)


Now tell me what a stud muffin you are and how YOU would protect your children

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That video didn't show much. The kid might have taken the shirt off himself and without prompting. The adult right there clearly had no problems with it.
 

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Please

Even democrap underground agrees this is SO MUCH BS... Seems I recall that there is a tsa connection with you

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From Breitbart;

Details surrounding this incident are unclear, but it behooves the TSA to explain itself.

From the witness: "Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, that's when this video begins."
 

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IF you don't accept going through the electronic body scans, that would lead to probably cause for a body search. If you don't want either, drive to your destination. If driving is not an option then submit to the searches, they are protecting you as well as the others on your flight. It may seem over the top, but is any security measure over the top if it saves lives?
 

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So I guess searching YOUR house with NO PROBABLE CAUSE and no warrant is OK.. just to be sure you dont pose a danger... The Constitution applies 24 hours a day 365 days a year!!!
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IF you don't accept going through the electronic body scans, that would lead to probably cause for a body search. If you don't want either, drive to your destination. If driving is not an option then submit to the searches, they are protecting you as well as the others on your flight. It may seem over the top, but is any security measure over the top if it saves lives?
 

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Even democrap underground agrees this is SO MUCH BS... Seems I recall that there is a tsa connection with you

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From Breitbart;

Details surrounding this incident are unclear, but it behooves the TSA to explain itself.

From the witness: "Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, that's when this video begins."
Kid resists a random search.
Father strips his own kid.
TSA'a fault?
:rolleyes:

Don't get me wrong. I think touching anyone's crotch or tits is too far. This is going to go poorly for the air travel industry. I'll take the scan any time. But they will think twice about groping me or my wife. Thankfully, those who are scanned are not touched. So...

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That video didn't show much. The kid might have taken the shirt off himself and without prompting. The adult right there clearly had no problems with it.
The truth is the boy's father removed the boys shirt after the metal detector kept going off. TSA did not remove it or ask that it be removed.

Believe me, I'm not a fan of the TSA, however (mis)information is just as effective in pleading a case.
 

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The fact is, the enhanced body searches are not required if you don't set off the metal detector alarms. So if you travel and never set them off before, nothing is going to change except you may have to go through the new X-ray machine.

I think the furor is a little bit overblown, especially considering that counter-terrorism intelligence has confirmed that Al-Queida is experimenting with bombs rigged into artificial limbs and tied to "low-profile" passengers, i.e. elderly women, children, etc.

Remember, we're dealing with people who will kill themselves in the process to advance their cause.

However, I still think the Israelies have a better system. Hired trained and educated security personnel who are responsible for any breach of security and perform the multi-step interview process. They know what to look for and it's not racial profiling. We keep our shoes and clothes on, we don't need to go through any extra scanning unless your intinerary has any red flags.

Sorry, but a single man of middle-eastern descent who purchased a one-way ticket with no checked baggage will be questioned. :lookinup:
 

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A lot of people say we should not be checking granny, that we should be profiling. I think I agree, but here is an excerpt from an article entitled "Why Granny Gets Searched". He makes a pretty sane argument that if we only check people who look like terrorists, they will simply send people who don't.

"What the critics really mean is not that the TSA should let underwear bombers board planes. What they're saying is: Don't search me, and don't search my grandmother. Just search the potential terrorists.
In other words, they want profiling. That's a seductive idea, I suppose, if you don't spend a lot of time worrying about civil liberties. But it couldn't possibly work. Our terrorist enemies may be evil but they're not stupid.
If we only search people who "look like terrorists," al-Qaeda will send people who don't fit the profile. It's no accident that most of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were from Saudi Arabia</SPAN>; at the time, it was easier for Saudi nationals to get U.S. visas than it was for citizens of other Arab countries. If terrorists are clever enough to hide powerful explosives in ink cartridges, then eventually they'll find a suicide bomber who looks just like you, me or Granny.
Be patient with the TSA. And have a happy Thanksgiving."


Link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/11/23/why_granny_gets_searched_108042.html
 
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