Airport peepshows

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by noemad, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. noemad

    noemad Member

    Scanners that see through clothing installed in US airports
    Talk about an invasion of privacy.

    Security scanners which can see through passengers' clothing and reveal details of their body underneath are being installed in 10 US airports, the US Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

    A random selection of travellers getting ready to board airplanes in Washington, New York's Kennedy, Los Angeles and other key hubs will be shut in the glass booths while a three-dimensional image is made of their body beneath their clothes.

    The booths close around the passenger and emit "millimeter waves" that go through cloth to identify metal, plastics, ceramics, chemical materials and explosives, according to the TSA.

    While it allows the security screeners -- looking at the images in a separate room -- to clearly see the passenger's sexual organs as well as other details of their bodies, the passenger's face is blurred, TSA said in a statement on its website.

    The scan only takes seconds and is to replace the physical pat-downs of people that is currently widespread in airports.

    TSA began introducing the body scanners in airports in April, first in the Phoenix, Arizona terminal.

    The installation is picking up this month, with machines in place or planned for airports in Washington (Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International), Dallas, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Miami and Detroit.

    But the new machines have provoked worries among passengers and rights activists.

    "People have no idea how graphic the images are," Barry Steinhardt, director of the technology and liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union, told AFP.

    The ACLU said in a statement that passengers expecting privacy underneath their clothing "should not be required to display highly personal details of their bodies such as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter tubes and the size of their breasts or genitals as a pre-requisite to boarding a plane."

    Besides masking their faces, the TSA says on its website, the images made "will not be printed stored or transmitted."

    "Once the transportation security officer has viewed the image and resolved anomalies, the image is erased from the screen permanently. The officer is unable to print, export, store or transmit the image."

    Lara Uselding, a TSA spokeswoman, added that passengers are not obliged to accept the new machines.

    "The passengers can choose between the body imaging and the pat-down," she told AFP.

    TSA foresees 30 of the machines installed across the country by the end of 2008. In Europe, Amsterdam's Schipol airport is already using the scanners.
  2. This just means that when I travel the male TSA employees will be jealous while the females will blush and wish...


    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    At least no more strip searches. They can see that a pin in a broken bone and you never know the terrorists can always start implanting the bombs in suiside bombers :wink:
  4. You have questions? Come see Mr. TSA! That's me. I've worked for TSA for almost 6 years. I will not BS you. If there is something I can not tell you for security reasons, then I will tell you straight up that I can't tell you for security purposes. I don't make things up. I will tell you what I know.

    Male passengers are only screened by a male screener, just like it is now. The same goes for females. This form of scanning would be in lieu of secondary screening. In other words, a passenger would walk through the metal detector, alarm, be asked to step back out and remove more metallic items, walk through again, alarm again, then be sent for secondary screening. Right now that consists of a hand-held metal detector and a physical pat down. Also, if you were not able to walk through the metal detector, due to a pacemaker, etc., then you would have to submit to a FULL body pat down. Going through this new scanner would drastically reduce the wait time, invasiveness, and inconvenience of having to go through screening of any kind, but especially secondary screening.
    Would you rather have someone physically touch you and pat you down, or view a computer generated image of your body from a separate location? That is precisely what the image is, computer generated. The computer reads the info it receives from the millimeter wave technology and sends back what it has computed. It's not like the old x-ray specs that were advertised in comic books in the days of old.
    As far as privacy is concerned, in my opinion, I would certainly rather have someone look at an image of my rolls than have them touched. Especially when that screener might talk with a slight lisp and have a limp wrist. With the face blurring, there is absolutely no way for you to be recognized. There has even been talk of blurring the 'sensitive' areas, even though these are prime places to hide prohibited items. Plus, like the article said, it is not mandatory.
    Not to be offensive, but if you don't like going through airport screening, then don't fly; you can drive, take a bus, or take a train. Flying is a privilege given to you by private airline corporations. Traveling around the country freely may be a right, but doing by air is not.

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    +1^^^^^ And Thank You for passing that info on to us
  6. they are using millimeter technoligy!!!!!! Sweet they will see it lol lol
  7. So I guess going thru the screener with pockets full of rubber dongs wouldn't be a good idea.....heh, I'll givem somethin to look at!!!!
  8. Ernie, was this you???
    Ten years ago, the security wasn’t as in-depth as it is now. Today, unless there’s something wrong with the bags, we don’t go through them. But every once in a while, we’ll get a bag with a certain low grade humming noise coming from it, and we’ll have to open it. If you touch the bag, it feels like a light vibration is coming from within. About 99 percent of the time, it’s just an electric razor or toothbrush with a battery that gets turned on while the bag is being tossed around. So we open the bag and turn it off. No big deal.

    But this one time, we came across a bag that we couldn’t get open. So we had to go out to the jetway, where the passengers were boarding, and call the owner up to claim the suitcase. It was a woman, and we told her, “Sorry, ma’am, your bag is vibrating, you’ll have to open it.” She knew what it was right away -- her face turned bright red. She opened it up, and there was her vibrator flopping around. She turned it off, and said to us, all embarrassed, “I’m a single person who travels alone a lot…” And I’m like, “You don’t have to justify it to me, just zip up the suitcase and we’ll pop it in the plane.” And that was that.
    :shock: Keep messin' with 'em! Just remember to place those batteries in checked luggage... :shock:
  9. Very interesting. Maybe I need to get a king kong action figure to store my, um, action figure, in. Wonder what the reaction to that would be! "Hey boss, this guy has a gorilla on his pants!" :lol:
  10. 1inthechamber

    1inthechamber Member

    Simple solution, take everything metal off and you'll be fine. I got to fly for the first time several weeks ago for work and thought it would be a pain in the ass to go through security. I was traveling light anyway, but still... removing your belt, shoes and emptying your pockets wasn't a hassle.
  11. It be more like, "Excuse me sir, but we need to do a private screening." (Sound of snapping rubber glove) "It appears that you might be trying to smuggle something on the plane. I apologize but we just ran out K-Y." :snooty: :wink:

    :pray: :shock: :sick:

  12. Wow, Bh, you seem to be enjoying the thought of doing that altogether tooooooo much! :shock:
  13. No, I just like the threat of it. It works wonders.