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posted 6/11/2008 2:18:35 AM |
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Wonder if they are hiring screeners?

Which would you choose, body imaging or pat-down?

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NEW YORK (AFP) - 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.

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wtxman

Jun 11 @ 3:27AM  
Thats an easy one for me since I do not fly
casuallylooking

Jun 11 @ 3:57AM  
Well there went all chances of me ever flying........

How can they be that detailed and still blur out peoples faces? Wouldn't they have to take the time to adjust it for everyones different heights....
rescueremedy

Jun 11 @ 5:29AM  
I`ll take a pat down ...anyday ...
tassie1

Jun 11 @ 5:43AM  
that may be all well and good swyter,but how come I say them installing one at your front door the other day when I was driving past,and whats this brochure that keeps showing up in our mailbox inviting all the women we know to free tupperware samples at your place
ynot7769

Jun 11 @ 5:57AM  
hey if me n mrs y can pat eachother down i'm all for it...........and i'm buyin our tickets now.......just sayin
whisperingcomet

Jun 11 @ 6:04AM  
Sounds fun to me....I would love to see "inside me".

I have gone thru the Amsterdam airport, trying to get back into the states....I was questioned briefly, scanned with a wand. and asked to "step to the side please"....ya'll know I am as "country as corn"....we almost needed an interpepter.
casuallylooking

Jun 11 @ 10:00AM  
whats this brochure that keeps showing up in our mailbox inviting all the women we know to free tupperware samples at your place
So that's why I keep getting invitations for free tupperware pieces....At this point he has offered me 2 complete bowl sets, a pitcher and a canister set...If he would just start doing that with Pampered Chef instead of Tupperware, I might be interested.... I'm just sayin' ...
Ewe_Wish

Jun 11 @ 10:21AM  
WOW Now I am pissed............I went to Swyeters for the tupperware samples and got a pamplet from Jenny Craig instead............
mrknowuwell

Jun 11 @ 12:11PM  
u got jenny craig????? i got a pitch 2 sell AMWAY
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:07PM  
wtxman ~ I will fly if I have to but I hate it.
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:09PM  
CL ~ It does make you wonder. Then again if it is fuzzing out the face I wonder what someone could put something in their mouth to sneak it on board a plane?
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:12PM  
RR ~ I'll volunteer to pat you down and you don't even have to fly.
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:15PM  
Tassie ~ Shitz, don't be letting the cat outa the bag. After all I had to try something different since someone posted a warning about my "tick inspector" scam.
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:17PM  
ynot ~ If you need to buy tickets to pat each other down ........well something ain't right..........just saying.
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 2:23PM  
whisperingcomet ~ I will gladly pat you down and would a "me inside you" substitute for the I would love to see "inside me".


rescueremedy

Jun 11 @ 6:57PM  
Swyeter ... I`m ready for my pat down...
rescueremedy

Jun 11 @ 8:04PM  
I forgot ...how about a strip search also ...private room ...my place ... it`s quiet ..
Irridum

Jun 11 @ 8:17PM  
CL ~ It does make you wonder. Then again if it is fuzzing out the face I wonder what someone could put something in their mouth to sneak it on board a plane?


Wow I can see the headlines now::

Ms.Swaller Itall the well known foreign adult film star and deep throat artist was arrested today for suspected terrorism and violation of the Nuclear Arms Transportation Act. Ms. Itall had attempted to board Upper Uranus Airways flight 69 from Stockholm to New York while having a 12" penis shaped nuclear device inserted in her throat.

After coughing up the device to local police Ms. Itall protested that airport authorities had violated her privacy by failing to obscure her face and neck regions during the use of a new type body scanner.
sugarnspice005

Jun 11 @ 8:22PM  
Wow!! I'm glad I don't fly! That scan is just a little too revealing.



swyeter

Jun 11 @ 11:13PM  
Dayum EW, I hope you didn't throw the pamplet away because that was not Jenny Craig but Janey Crag and she is a talent scout for......well you need to read the pam.

swyeter

Jun 11 @ 11:18PM  
Shitz mrknowuwell, your eyes are as bad as EW's. That was not an AMWAY offer but Janey Crag asking if you would do it with her her way.
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 11:21PM  
Irridum ~ Do you know Ms.Swaller Itall
swyeter

Jun 11 @ 11:25PM  
SnS ~ Now I got to ask, "Are you saying you are you afraid it might reveal something has been augmented?"
Irridum

Jun 12 @ 8:41AM  
Irridum ~ Do you know Ms.Swaller Itall

Naw I ain't never met the gal. I just heard about her from Mr. Iben Swallered.
I think I did meet her cousin Swaller Mostovit once.
evild614

Jun 12 @ 2:09PM  
Heh... I could get away with anything... No way in Hell they'd wanna look.

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Security Scanners Can See and Reveal Body Details