TSA Researches Avatars For Airport Security Checkpoints

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Sounds just absolutely delightful! :rolleyes: Now they'll have fat rude avatars with two-digit IQ's barking at us in multiple languages ...

    InformationWeek: TSA Researches Avatars For Airport Security Checkpoints

    More than 375 million air travelers have gone through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints so far this year. The agency is exploring a new way of handling such a crowd: helpful, multilingual avatars.

    TSA, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a request for information for a "hologram imaging, computer-generated imagery and video projection" system. The system would be used "to assist passengers in navigating through security checkpoints as efficiently as possible," according to the RFI, which was posted on FedBizOpps.gov earlier this month.

    The agency is looking for information on technology able to "speak" in multiple languages, including English and Spanish. The system should capture the attention of travelers, be easy to understand, and "be courteous when communicating to the traveling public," according to the RFI.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Wouldn't it be nice if TSA humans just learned how to treat people with dignity and respect before investigating fancy wizbang electronics that will not improve the travelers TSA experience ? I don't care how many avatars TSA has if some TSA screener is going to be putting his hands in my crotch.
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Great. Why don't they just deploy an army of Robocops and be done with it. :(
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    That's actually a great idea, Sunny. Or did you not see the part in Robocop 3 when ED-209 was hacked in 2 minutes flat by a 10-year-old child with a laptop?

    Of course, this being TSA, I'd wager the robocops would have 802.11b enabled and accept commands over unencrypted transmissions on port 80. So I'd say 20 seconds is a more accurate figure on how long it'd take to pwn them.
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  5. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    or Or OR!!!
    Have the holograms do the gropes?!!!!
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  6. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Why not dispense with the whole charde and kill TSA.
  7. This avatar idea pretty effectively demonstrates that the TSA takes its inspiration from Hollywood rather than legitimate risk assessment and best practices in security protocols.

    Unless, of course, they're seeing their own screeners as liabilities and are looking for ways to minimize usage of their own employees. Then, I guess, their avatar idea may be based in true risk assessment.
  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    But will it have blue gloves?
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    That's exactly what would happen. Pwn to own.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You'd want to pwn this avatar?

    I'd chew through my ethernet cable to get a way from it.​
  11. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Felicia Day says: "Do you want to date my avatar?"
    The world, having that picture fresh in their minds, says: "Uh...no...no, that's okay. *shudder*"
  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    okay I'm imagining a hologram groper, and the passenger is of the opposite gender, some slackjaw in the back struggles to to load the floppy disk in the back to boot up the correct gender hologram....:)
  13. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with (expletive deleted).
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  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    The average TSA employee is baffled by ounces-to-milliliters conversions...
  15. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Or totally confused that ounces and ounces are two different things.
    That one makes their head splode!
  16. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If they can't handle fluid conversion of "one fluid ounce = 29.57 milliliters," then there's no hope at all of them understanding that volume and mass and weight are all different measures.
  17. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Yikes!!! Scaaaary.

    She looks like one of the big bads on Dexter. But that mug shot (and it's got to be a mugshot) is kind of my point. What kind of avatar does the TSA show to the world? Do they have a bunch of scary-looking robocops, do they have pleasant-looking, and pleasant-sounding avatars, or do they have avatars of what they really look like -- that mug of the scary-looking TSA agent?
  18. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Three words: "By Your Command."
  19. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

  20. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    And me without a Viper.

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