BeST® (as reported in the trademark) is the acronym of Behind Search Technique.
BeST® it is an innovative technique to perform security checks that, due to the considerable advantages it offers in terms of effectiveness, operator safety and deterrence against aggression, was originally taught only in the anti-terrorism courses for the personnel responsible for the surveillance and security of "sensitive" objectives (embassies, refineries, institutional offices, etc.); subsequently it was "adapted" by its creator (1) to comply with the European Directives on airport security screening of passengers and staff, and then applied at airports to perform security screening (hand search) on passengers, crews and airport personnel.
The BeST® technique, although it is based on "traditional" methods of control, it is innovative as well as in the overall mode of execution (which brings together several methods in an organic whole), also in the objectives it aims, in particular for the safety of the persons under control and same operators, but also for the "less invasive" privacy of the controlled person (eg the passenger).
And it is thanks to this innovative way of carrying out security checks, that the BeST® technique - unique in its kind - brings together 8 important characteristics:
1. guarantees the highest standard of safety as it fully respects the provisions of the hand-search enforcement procedures imposed by EU and national regulations (EU Decision 8005/2015 - Appendix 4-A and Italian NSP-Part B), and has been evaluated and "accepted" by the ENAC;
2. it is not "invasive" and allows maximum respect for the privacy of the person under control;
3. has an "instinctive and user-friendly" mode of execution for the operators, who from the first moment are enthusiastic about applying it, and therefore does not trigger the natural "resistance to change" in who for many years has carried out checks with the "traditional" method;
4. it is an "ergonomic" way of carrying out checks with the added advantage of not allowing the opterers to be rented beyond the indispensable; a factor that, especially after hours of service, contributes to the effectiveness of controls;
5. ensures maximum physical safety of the security officer who carry out screening, against possible sudden assaults
6. allows operators to react immediately and effectively in the event of sudden attacks
7. guarantees the maximum protection of health, both of the persons under control and of the operators carrying out the screening;
8. allows to reduce the time necessary to perform a person's screening over 40% compared to "traditional" techniques. Finally, it is pointed out that by an impartial survey conducted on the operators who use it, the method BeST® has been unanimously defined as "the best operative procedure for performing security checks on people"; and therefore the meaning of the acronym meaning "the best" is also justified. .
(1) The creator of the "BeST – Behind Search Technique"® is Dr. Salvatore Forte, retired Colonel of the Carabinieri Army, Aviation Security instructor certified by ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority), Airline Security Manager, Senior Security Manager and Expert in Corporate Security and Security Techniques, with diversified experiences - also in organizations at European level - over 40 years in the field of security.
Among the various positions held, over 27 years of service in the Arma dei Carabinieri with Command positions also in Special Forces (as Platoon Parachute Commander at the "Tuscania" Carabinieri Parachute Regiment, as well as Command of Helicopters Group Carabinieri with about 5 thousand flight hours); in the civil sector has been Security Manager and Technical Director Marco Polo Airport in Venice (which designed the security system), he is Security Manager of an Air Carrier and security instructor for crews, as well as speaker and organizer of conferences on Corporate Security and lectured at the several universities.
He is also Senior Security Manager and Security Consultant of leading global companies and has many years of experience at the Security Committee of the ACI (Airport Council International-Europe).