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RUSSIA: Air Passengers Get Lie Detector Tests

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    RUSSIANS TO GIVE AIR PASSENGERS LIE DETECTOR TESTS http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/06/wlie06
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2006
      RUSSIANS TO GIVE AIR PASSENGERS LIE DETECTOR TESTS

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/06/wlie06
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      ADRIAN BLOMFIELD, LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH - Millions of passengers
      traveling through Russia soon will have to take a lie detector test as
      part of new airport security measures that could eventually be applied
      throughout the country. The technology, to be introduced at Moscow's
      Domodedovo airport as early as July, is intended to identify
      terrorists and drugs smugglers. But many passengers will be chilled by
      the set of four questions they will have to answer into a machine,
      including, "Have you ever lied to the authorities?" The machine asks
      four questions: The first is for full identity; the second, unnerving
      in its Soviet-style abruptness, demands: "Have you ever lied to the
      authorities?" It then asks whether either weapons or narcotics are
      being carried. To cut delays, passengers will take the tests after
      taking off their shoes and putting baggage through the X-ray machines.

      He doesn't get his shoes back until he satisfactorily answers the
      questions. Each test will take up to a minute. "If a person fails to
      pass the test, he is accompanied by a special guard to a cubicle where
      he is asked questions in a more intense atmosphere," says Vladimir
      Kornilov, IT director for the airport. The fully automated instrument
      to be used, known as the "Truth Verifier," is hardly the polygraph
      familiar from old spy thrillers. Passengers will simply speak into a
      handset. Thanks to "layered-voice-analysis technology," the system,
      developed by an Israeli company, can even establish whether answers
      come from the memory or the imagination. The technology already is
      being used by some insurance companies in Britain to screen telephone
      claims for fraud. "We can understand that something like this could be
      uncomfortable for some passengers, but it is a necessary step," Mr.
      Kornilov says.

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