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NCJ Number: 136817 Find in a Library
Title: Profiling for Terrorists
Journal: Security Management  Volume:36  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1992)  Pages:27,29,31-33
Author(s): K K Addis
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the techniques and benefits of using trained security personnel to identify suspicious persons seeking to board aircraft, based on the use of criteria for the identification of terrorists or innocent persons being used by terrorists.
Abstract: The profiling techniques described are those used by International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS), which was the first company to use terrorist profiling, based on the experience of the founders as security employees for El Al, the Israeli airlines. The basic concept of profiling passengers is to use trained security agents to detect patterns and behavior that warrant closer scrutiny of certain passengers and their baggage. ICTS has identified a number of suspicious signs that, for security reasons, no one in the industry will discuss. The signs generally pertain to a number of factors, including the way a person is dressed, a person's mannerisms, and a person's documents. These signs may differ according to the region of the world. The system aims to have as few people as possible selected for a more intensive search and questioning. Airlines that have implemented profiling have never had a plane explode as the result of a bomb since profiling has been in place. In addition to identifying terrorists, profiling has also identified persons engaged in other illegal activities through the use of the airlines.
Main Term(s): Airport security; Terrorist profiles
Index Term(s): Aircraft security; Counter-terrorism tactics
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