For those with access to the paid portal of the Wall Street Journal. check out Scott McCartney's Middle Seat column on the TSA program. There are good and bad things about it, he says, Training for the program is very short: "Behavioral Detection Officers (BDOs) get five days of classroom training and two days of on-the-job training. They must pass a written test every year and be observed by a manager annually to stay certified. There is also recurrent training, TSA says."
So see what you think--perhaps a good thing; perhaps not.
While I don't have the WSJ access either, I will say from what I know of being watched by a manager annually is just silly.
Speaking as a former government employee most managers are managers for a reason and most don't want to watch what their subordinates do daily let alone understand what they actually do in their position. Anyone who is 1/2 way descent at their job should be able to perform to a standard level when someone is watching them especially a manager who doesn't really understand the daily routines.
Recurrent training is certainly necessary, the real test is to have someone watch such as one of their co-workers their daily duties and report those findings.
Just my opinion.
TSA is trying to focus on risk vs saying patting down everyone. Pre check is one way the behavior detection is another. They are looking for ways to spot a potential problem person who will get a little more scrutiny. It is true that when faced with a stressful setting people tend to get nervous. So I assume they are giving the training based on what traits maybe evident visually . It doesn't mean someone wont get thru but may take a little more time.