If airport security measures weren t uncomfortable enough, TSA recently revealed they re making pat down procedures a little more invasive . A spokesperson told Bloomberg, I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn t involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved.
The TSA has warned airport officials, crew, and law enforcement that the new procedure may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before . If CNN correspondent Angela Rye s recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more involved2. The TSA doesn t get very detailed on what the new procedure will look like, but the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a security notice to members that offered a vague description, according to Bloomberg:
Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a security notice that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S . members following a March 1 conference call with TSA official. The TSA website doesn t give you much to go on3 in terms of options, either . They simply say: At any time during the process, you may request private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice . A second officer of the same gender will always be present during private screening.
Not very comforting, considering it s the same procedure, just in private. According to LegalMatch4, rejecting a pat down altogether will likely get you booted from the airport . It s worth noting that if you reject the full-body scanner, you ll get a pat down instead . That said, you can still get a pat down if you go through the full-body scanner. (Also, TSA can still reject your request5 if you d rather have a pat down and a scan, so that s not even necessarily an option). If you want to avoid a pat down, here s what one TSA agent told Reader s Digest6:
Don t wear shirts or pants with extraneous pockets, buttons, or zippers, or anything with sequined bling on it . These items tend to appear suspicious on the scanner, which is programmed to flag anything out of the ordinary. Of course, don t look suspicious is pretty ridiculous advice, but the TSA isn t exactly flexible, and their policies seem to only be getting more aggressive . If nothing else, these new procedures are something to be aware of next time you fly .
For more detail, head to the links below.
- ^ weren t uncomfortable enough, (lifehacker.com)
- ^ the new procedure does sound a lot more involved (www.cnn.com)
- ^ TSA website doesn t give you much to go on (www.tsa.gov)
- ^ According to LegalMatch (www.legalmatch.com)
- ^ TSA can still reject your request (www.latimes.com)
- ^ TSA agent told Reader s Digest (www.rd.com)
- ^ TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs (www.bloomberg.com)
- ^ Consumerist (consumerist.com)
Looking more like a tall speaker than an authoritarian android, the Cobalt security robot has an exterior made from aluminium and fabric. It is designed to operate in offices and foyers, where it performs basic functions like scanning ID cards, but also uses its sensors to detect possible security threats.
“We wanted to design Cobalt to represent a best-case scenario in which technology supports our daily lives,” said B har. “Technology can provide awareness, and accountability, keeping us safe without feeling authoritarian.”
“Cobalt is a stark contrast to the Hollywood dystopian Robocop it discreetly fits into its environment, provides a platform to grow with our needs, and enhances human ability without replacing the human.”
Both B har and Cobalt stress that the self-driving robot is intended to work alongside humans rather than replace them. With data gathered through its sensors and interpreted by advanced algorithms, Cobalt claims the robot will be able to detect and flag anomalies beyond what would be noticeable to a human guard.
It is able to work around-the-clock, and at smaller buildings where the cost of a human security guard might be prohibitive . It also keeps human security personnel out of situations that might be dangerous. However, humans are not entirely removed from the equation, as robot fleets are supported by a human supervisor who may be working remotely . People in need of assistance have the option to use the Cobalt robot to call the supervisor, who then appears on the screen, giving the machine a literal human face.
“One of the core fundamental values of Cobalt is to enable human-to-machine interactions, said Cobalt CTO and co-founder Erik Schluntz. “The way we do that is designing a robot to interact with and around people.”
“We decided that the robot should not adopt a humanoid personality,” he said. “Instead, it should aesthetically align with the furniture and decor of the office environment.”
The tensile fabric which covers the robot’s sensors, cameras and self-driving mechanism also has the benefit of preventing overheating by increasing airflow. A CNC aluminium element at the head of the robot holds the display, office ID scanner and various buttons .
It can roam fluidly around a space, and is just tall enough to operate around most open-plan office cubicles. It reads environments using a combination of 360-degree and depth cameras, infrared and ultrasonic sensors, and smoke detectors . Algorithms involving machine learning, semantic mapping, novelty detection, and deep neural networks are used to interpret the data.
Some common abnormalities Cobalt suggests the robot would spot are an open window, a loud noise, a gas leak, a suspicious package or an after-hours intruder .
In the case of an incident, the robot begins recording and engages its supervisor.
“Security guards should not put themselves in dangerous situations, nor do they have the ability to know everything that is happening in an office,” said B har. “This is where a robot can be truly effective.”
“With the right sensing abilities, a robot can detect anything happening that is out of the ordinary.”
- ^ Yves B har (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ Fuseproject (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ robot (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ SpaceX (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ B har (fuseproject.com)
- ^ ElliQ robot by Yves B har helps older adults stay connected to the world (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ cribs (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ juicers (www.dezeen.com)
- ^ BMW working with psychologists to help robot cars befriend passengers (www.dezeen.com)
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