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CyberRaptor

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#1 10 years ago

They are really going too far now.

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.

I guess next they'll be crawling up your ass with a flashlight.

Scanners that see through clothing installed in US airports - Yahoo! News




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#2 10 years ago

How is it a breach of personal privacy if it is voluntary? You can still choose a pat down.

If it becomes mandatory, than that is when I would say it is a breach of personal privacy and has gone too far.




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#3 10 years ago

Doesn't the machine construct a 3D image? Not simply see through your clothes?

If so, then all it's doing it using a computer generated model. Nothing that will have you defending all little 2 inch pride. If people kick up a stink over that, then well, guess we could whine about anything these days.




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#4 10 years ago

But WHY? it seems unjustified that they go to these lengths to search you.




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#5 10 years ago
HairySheep;4380765But WHY? it seems unjustified that they go to these lengths to search you.

It may seem unjustified, yet how would you feel if you were to simply board a plane and have it shit itself in your face? All because a weapon or explosive made it through security.

As I was leaving for Europe a few months back, a couple behind me were pulled over for a random check. Guess what they were found with? Several knives and a packet of anvo in their luggage.

If it wasn't for that random check, then who knows what would have happened?




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#6 10 years ago

So? Before 9/11 I brought a pocket knife onto a plane. Security said if the blade was an inch longer they would have had to confiscate it, but it was OK and they let me board the plane with it. The point is, just because someone has a knife, doesn't mean they intend to hijack the plane. It's not like they were trying to sneak in a bomb. I don't see why they can't just use metal detectors. Also, what the hell is "anvo"?




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#7 10 years ago

I'm pretty sure I have seen these 3D body renders before on CNN before. They were covering this story and showed what the image looked like, and it really wasn't that detailed. It was more like a gray form in the shape of a person. IDK if they updated the quality of the body image since then, but as long as it doesn't become something you have to do like a metal detector, then there really is no horrible privacy issue. The ACLU seems to be exaggerating in their statement. Maybe if they held up a sample render out side of the booth so people know what it is would help.




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#8 10 years ago

Claim to be a woman in a man's body and demand the patdown.=p




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#9 10 years ago
CyberRaptor;4380786So? Before 9/11 I brought a pocket knife onto a plane. Security said if the blade was an inch longer they would have had to confiscate it, but it was OK and they let me board the plane with it. The point is, just because someone has a knife, doesn't mean they intend to hijack the plane. It's not like they were trying to sneak in a bomb. I don't see why they can't just use metal detectors. Also, what the hell is "anvo"?

Funny you mention that, it's pretty much illegal here in Denmark to say the word "bomb" or "terrorism" in Airports now. This woman accidentally said "bomb" and was jailed for 10 days, and received a heavy fine. And why don't people complain about security camera's in shops? They're breach on your privacy too! And so is the fact that internet providers can track your IP! Oh, the security guards in Airports can see a 3D render of your body? OH NO!




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#10 10 years ago

You forget this is america were talkinga bout. And this goes a bit more personal.


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