The Doghouse: Onboard Threat Detection System
It's almost too absurd to even write about seriously -- this plan to spot terrorists in airplane seats:
Cameras fitted to seat-backs will record every twitch, blink, facial expression or suspicious movement before sending the data to onboard software which will check it against individual passenger profiles.
They say that rapid eye movements, blinking excessively, licking lips or ways of stroking hair or ears are classic symptoms of somebody trying to conceal something.
A separate microphone will hear and record even whispered remarks. Islamic suicide bombers are known to whisper texts from the Koran in the moments before they explode bombs.
The software being developed by the scientists will be so sophisticated that it will be able to take account of nervous flyers or people with a natural twitch, helping to ensure there are no false alarms.
The only thing I can think of is that some company press release got turned into real news without a whole lot of thinking.
Posted on February 16, 2007 at 6:55 AM • 42 Comments