“They Look You Right in the Eyes” Israel Knows How to Do It

A goal of the TSA should be to begin to “Israelification” of the screening process. That’s what Maj. General Paul E. Vallely recently wrote on Family Security Matters.

He’s traveled to Israel five times in the past decade and thinks if the US could only move in the same direction as the only democracy in the Middle East, we’d all be less hassled and safer.

Despite threats every day, security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport has only been breached once…when a traveler mistakenly brought a gun. But it’s all about identifying the real bad guys, and not taking it out on the entire traveling public.

It starts way outside of the airport. Security agents ask each passenger in each car the following two questions: How are you and where are you coming from?

It’s not the answers that are important, it’s how they react say the experts. Signs of distress, give the clue.  Then after this passengers go through the second and third perimeters. All the while gun-toting soldiers are watching to see people’s faces.

“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 Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. 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.

If you’re planning a trip to Israel in 2010, don’t forget to find airport parking at your local airport.

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