IBM has filed applications for a dozen patents that seek a whole new level of airport security.
Forget full-body scans
, which are currently being touted as the Next Big Thing™ in security in the wake of the Christmas Day Nigerian crotchbomber
. We can't even be sure they would have stopped him.
The IBM patent applications, turned up
's Alexander Wolfe, outline technologies that track you as you stroll through an airport, sniff you, check out what you're eating and drinking, scrutinize your attire, watch for "furtive" eye movements, and employ a host of other sensors.
That information is then fed to an inference engine
that compares the sensors' data to a knowledge base and alerts security if its set of rules determine you might be a threat. And all of this will be done in real time - or, at least, real enough to nab you before you get on an airliner and activate your lethal underpants.