New Scanner May Replace Metal Detectors

New Scanner May Replace Metal Detectors

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 11, 2007, titled New Scanner May Replace Metal Detectors. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The federal government will begin testing a body-scanning machine that could eventually be used instead of the metal detectors passengers walk through at airports.

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Ken in Aurora

San Jose, CA

#1 Oct 11, 2007
I pity the poor TSA worker that has to look at my scanner image.
bob

Memphis, TN

#2 Oct 11, 2007
the f'n gestapo
Thomas

Mount Dora, FL

#3 Oct 11, 2007
Guess if they do that on me, my hard anatomy will surely be a pornographic image - next thing I'll find is they won't let me on an airplane until I do something about my anatomical situation.
John

Chicago, IL

#4 Oct 11, 2007
Well its time to start dressing like a chick just to screw with the TSA.
L-Town

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Oct 11, 2007
Here's what I don't understand. The scan takes 1.8 seconds but the image doesn't appear until a minute later (in a separate room) and the faces/images are blurry. Do they hold you for a minute after you walk through to make sure you weren't carrying anything illegal? If they don't hold you, and the image is too blurry, then you are basically off the hook if they can't identify you after the fact. Am I correct in my assumption?
woody hayes

San Antonio, TX

#6 Oct 11, 2007
L-Town wrote:
Here's what I don't understand. The scan takes 1.8 seconds but the image doesn't appear until a minute later (in a separate room) and the faces/images are blurry. Do they hold you for a minute after you walk through to make sure you weren't carrying anything illegal? If they don't hold you, and the image is too blurry, then you are basically off the hook if they can't identify you after the fact. Am I correct in my assumption?
I was thinking the same thing. Where is that person going to be in the next minute if something suspicious is found on the screen?
Will the entire boarding gate areas have to be evacuated? More questions than answers in that article.
sharp

New York, NY

#7 Oct 11, 2007
L-Town wrote:
Here's what I don't understand. The scan takes 1.8 seconds but the image doesn't appear until a minute later (in a separate room) and the faces/images are blurry. Do they hold you for a minute after you walk through to make sure you weren't carrying anything illegal? If they don't hold you, and the image is too blurry, then you are basically off the hook if they can't identify you after the fact. Am I correct in my assumption?
If they have you in a special queue for a second search, I am sure they are in no rush to get you out before the actual results come back.
alex

United States

#8 Oct 11, 2007
whatever it takes to be safe! if taking pictures of me naked is what it takes to be safe in the air, then so be it. i just wish they'd check everyone's orifices too. i'm not flying until they institute deep body searches. i'm just too scared!
"land of the free" free to be stopped, checked and detained at any moment. all in the name of fear, not safety.
Keith

Mclean, VA

#9 Oct 11, 2007
Be honest. This is a fast, convenient way to do a strip search. After just a few minutes on the internet, sample images from body scanners can be found. There is nothing 'fuzzy' or discreet about the images. Call it what it is.... a high tech strip search.
Stayathome

Northville, MI

#10 Oct 11, 2007
And once again, airport security screeners will try to relieve their boredom by performing very detailed "searches" of sexually attractive individuals and giving only cursory attention to everyone else.

However much these airport security programs cost, they'd flunk a cost/benefit analysis based on actual occurrences, not announced "threats" that turn out to be bogus two days after the event. All they're doing is scaring us into giving up our nail clippers and shampoo and putting up with searches and watch lists - for NOTHING. Face it, the real terrorists aren't stupid enough to pull the same stunt twice. The next major attack won't involve an airplane at all, and we'll look even stupider for spending so many resources guarding the locked door of an empty barn.
Jabroney

Charlotte, NC

#11 Oct 11, 2007
They'll learn in 10 years it causes cancer.
truth hurts

West Palm Beach, FL

#12 Oct 11, 2007
these flunkies could not find their own pecker in a speedo, but they sure can find your shampoo and nail clippers, I sure feel safe now.
Pedro

United States

#13 Oct 11, 2007
Forget the searches, just make everyone fly naked, and put a Ka-Bar with every barf bag.
A serious suggestion

Clearwater, FL

#14 Oct 11, 2007
Terrorists strike all over the world: but, since 9/11, rarely in the West. Why? Because Western societies have the most resources to defeat them and catch them. Airport searches, surveillance cameras in public places, reinforced cockpit doors. These are all investments in defeating people who want to kill us. Small price to pay. Do I really care if you look at me dressed for the beach? No.
Soccer-Mom

Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago

#16 Oct 11, 2007
It is a total voilation of civil rights. Our governments way of a strip search . What privacy do we have anymore. This airport BS is only making us look like idiots to the terrorists , they are winning the war of frieghtening us . I agree, the airplanes blowing-up buildings is over,now they have cells and are acquiring dirty bombs for their next caper here in the US. I still strongly believe we are wasting time and money with all this aiport security, lets put money and resources in other areas for Homeland Security. I think they are looking for something else, perhaps drugs. The Drug War has really worked well the past 25 years, what a fuckin failure that war is. The real war should be fighting assholes that want to blow us up.
Paul F

Chicago, IL

#17 Oct 11, 2007
The Israelis don't use this kind of electronic nonsense, and they have the best airport security available. We are spending a fortune on this machine when simpler testing will do as well? Great idea. Remind me to work up a huge erection before appearing on camera. That'll show 'em. And yeah, I agree with Jabroney -- it will probably be found to cause cancer or birth defects or something.
Steve

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Oct 11, 2007
Paul F wrote:
The Israelis don't use this kind of electronic nonsense, and they have the best airport security available. We are spending a fortune on this machine when simpler testing will do as well? Great idea. Remind me to work up a huge erection before appearing on camera. That'll show 'em. And yeah, I agree with Jabroney -- it will probably be found to cause cancer or birth defects or something.
Yea, and you'll probably get charged with indecent exposure, or will they hire only men to look at men, women to look at women. I'd suggest they hire only gay men since they shouldn't get offended by either sex. Also this could become the top occupation for pedophiles wanting to look at naked children.
RACE

Miami, FL

#19 Oct 11, 2007
Pics, I want pics. (of the fit women of course)
Naked

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Oct 11, 2007
I would drive to another airport just to not be violated by this machine. It's a strip search.**** that. So does this mean I'll need to remove my tampon for further inspection if it's that time of the month. What about breast implants? Will they need to feel them to make sure they are "real"? Road trip...
Clarence

United States

#21 Oct 11, 2007
To those that think this is a violation of their civil rights I say your stupid. If you have nothing to hide then don't worry about your image. Worry about the scumbag Muslim who wants to blow up planes. As far as Israel not using the image detactor. In Israel they Xray, and hand search all bags, as well as carry submachine guns. They also take names of the stupid people who give the screeners a hard time, and refuse them access to the airport.

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