The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is preparing to collect video surveillance of passengers at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, R.I., for its “Data Collection of the Centralized Hostile Intent Project”. 

DHS will use the video surveillance to see if agents will be able to single out actors carrying out simulated terror plots from crowds made up of the traveling public.

The Science and Technology Directorate will collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of facial images and anthropomorphic data. The division will collect PII from trained, volunteer actors posing as passengers. As a result, information on some airport employees and members of the traveling public who are near the actors may also be collected.

The division will gather video images at designated areas throughout the airport, including a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint, ticket counter, baggage claim and airport entrance. DHS will record the volunteer actors role-playing in a series of different scenarios. The TSA will assist DHS in conducting the test.