|Title||Finding a needle in a haystack: Towards a psychologically-informed method for aviation security screening|
|Authors||Ormerod, T.C. and Dando, C.J.|
Current aviation security systems identify behavioral indicators of deception to assess risks to flights, but they lack a strong psychological basis or empirical validation. We present a new method that tests the veracity of passenger accounts. In an in vivo double-blind randomized-control trial conducted in international airports, security agents detected 66% of deceptive passengers using the veracity test method compared with less than 5% using behavioral indicator recognition. As well as revealing advantages of veracity testing over behavioral indicator identification, the study provides the highest levels to date of deception detection in a realistic setting where the known base rate of deceptive individuals is low.
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Psychology: General|
|Journal citation||144 (1), p. 76–84|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1037/xge0000030|