Thursday, October 11, 2007

Airport body scanners: virtual strip search

Right the full body scanners operators won't look at Tom Selleck or Brad Pitt or any of the Desperate Housewives lookalikes x-rayed body parts. We believe you benevolent dictator, we believe, we believe...

Seriously, these people simply don't read fiction. (like Delphi Betrayal) Weapons have been broken into smaller parts and stored in items ok'd for air travel. Later, the weapons can be dismantled in the "john" or the "jane."

Just like pre-9/11, there is a lack of reading on the part of all...

TSA - More Body Scans
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 -
The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand its use of screening machines that look under passengers' clothing for hidden weapons. New York's Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports will get "backscatter" X-ray machines that the American Civil Liberties Union has called a "virtual strip search" for the vivid anatomical images they can create. Those airports and Phoenix Sky Harbor also will test a similar technology, using low-intensity millimeter waves, to scan passengers' bodies. The machines are capable of showing passengers' bodily parts, but TSA says that, due to privacy concerns, they will not. All of the machines will use software that will blur images of passengers, so screeners will see weapons but only fuzzy images of people's bodies...

Guess this really wasn't implemented before September 11, 2001

Airport scanner shows body's naked outline
Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2000 | 11:48 PM ET
CBC News

Ah. Yes, the x-ray scanners were available, implemented, being used, but a choice was given... and so the question arises... what happened on 9/11 with a few of the hijackers actually being stopped at the airport, but let go...

The Nation: Thanks, but I'll Have the Strip-Search; No Takers for the X-Ray Option
Published: January 24, 1999
IT seemed to officials of the United States Customs Service like a good idea, no doubt. When Customs inspectors became suspicious that someone was trying to smuggle drugs or other contraband into the country, they would offer a choice: a conventional strip-search or an X-ray.

For innocent travelers, an X-ray would be less degrading than a strip-search by a stranger in uniform. And for Customs inspectors, it would be easier to discover drugs, cash or other illicit goods hidden beneath travelers' clothing or even inside their bodies.

But, as sometimes happens with good ideas, the reality did not match the hope. The Customs Service began offering foreign visitors and returning Americans the X-ray option last October at two major airports, John F. Kennedy in New York City and Miami International in Florida. In the first three months of the experiment, nine people at Kennedy and eight in Miami were offered the choice of an X-ray. No one accepted.

(7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Computer Screening Program Selects Some Hijackers; Fails to Stop Them Sometime during this period, the hijackers pass through airport security checkpoints at the various airports. The FAA has a screening program in place called the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS). CAPPS automatically targets passengers for additional screening based on suspicious behavior such as buying one-way tickets or paying with cash. If a passenger is selected, their bags are thoroughly screened for explosives, but their bodies are not searched. [Washington

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