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Posted: 6/25/2003 9:11:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 9:16:32 PM EDT by Bostonterrier97]
from [url]http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&ncid=536&e=3&u=/ap/20030625/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/see_through_security_2[/url] [b]Airport Screeners May Get X-Ray Vision[/b] Wed Jun 25, 6:39 PM ET Add Politics - AP to My Yahoo! [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030625/capt.1056584283.see_through_security_bbp108.jpg[/img] By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Susan Hallowell steps into a metal booth that bounces X-rays off her skin, producing a black-and-white image that reveals enough to produce a world-class blush. To the eye, she is dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark, business-like colors. On the monitor, the director of the Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory is [b]naked[/b], except for a gun and a bomb that she hid under her outfit. [b]The government is considering using the technology at airport security checkpoints [/b]because the magnetometers now in use cannot detect plastic weapons or substances used in explosives. Hallowell is sacrificing her modesty to make a point: Air travelers are not going to like being technologically undressed by security screeners. [b]"It does basically make you look fat and naked — [red]but you see all this stuff," [/red][/b]Hallowell said Wednesday during a demonstration of the technology. The technology is called "backscatter" because it scatters X-rays. Doses of rays deflected off dense materials such as metal or plastic produce a darker image than those deflected off skin. The radiation dosage is about the same as sunshine, Hallowell said. Backscatter machines have been available on the market for years. They are priced at between $100,000 and $200,000 and used in all sorts of security situations, from screening families of convicts visiting prisons to South African diamond miners going home for the day. The agency is trying to find a way to modify the machines with an electronic fig leaf — programming that fuzzes out sensitive body parts or distorts the body so it is unrecognizable. Another option might mean stationing the screener in a booth so only he sees the image, said Randal Null, the agency's chief technology officer. Null hopes to conduct pilot programs with backscatter machines at several airports this year. A pilot project at Orlando International Airport in Florida using volunteers met with mixed results, he said. Some volunteers were uncomfortable with it. For others, "It was a whole lot nicer than having someone pat me down," he said. David Sobel, general counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, thinks most people will object to the backscatter technology. "The public is willing to accept a certain amount of scrutiny at the airport, but there are clearly limits to the degree of invasion that is acceptable," Sobel said. "It's hard to understand why something this invasive is necessary." [b]But Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation, thinks it is [red]essential[/red] because of the strong likelihood that a terrorist will try to bomb a plane. [/b] [b]"I predict it will happen," said Mica, R-Fla.[/b] "The chances of someone bringing an explosive on an aircraft by walking through a metal detector or in hand-carried luggage are very real." Mica pointed out that Richard Reid, convicted of trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives in his shoes, walked through metal detectors at Orly Airport in Paris several times before boarding the plane. attention, research and development and deployment of these systems," Mica said. For now, Mica is trying to persuade colleagues to require that the transportation agency focus its research on technology that identifies items on people's bodies. Null said the agency's major focus is already on detecting explosives and weapons at airport checkpoints. In the end, the biggest problem with the backscatter machines may be their size, he said. One version, the BodySearch system made by Billerica, Mass.-based American Science & Engineering is about 4-feet by 7-feet by 10-feet — awfully big for an airport lobby, Null said. Another system made by Hawthorne, Calif.-based OSI Systems is more compact.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:20:49 PM EDT
Like in that movie Total Recall!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:21:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:27:18 PM EDT
1st of all: IBTL 2nd of all: If they put this in, I'll STOP flying.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:28:49 PM EDT
Eeeew! Skidmarks!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:33:21 PM EDT
Who wants to invest in my invention? Clothing with aluminum threads weaved in just enough amounts to defeat this xray. I would also have the threads spell out nice messages like SCREW YOU when viewed with the xray. Please help make my dreams of money and womenz become true.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:34:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 9:38:15 PM EDT by NYPatriot]
[b]I'd hit it![/b] ...oh, and ditto to what Citabria7GCBC said! I'll take a horse & buggy on long trips before I submit to this.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:36:26 PM EDT
Snail Trail!!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:39:11 PM EDT
Hmm.. Them nipples are really pointin' south. [Beavis] 'I See Bush! Huh huh' [ButtHead] Where's the gun?
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:39:26 PM EDT
Aluminum foil underware anyone?
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:45:02 PM EDT
Taking a train or renting a car is getting more attractive...
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 9:58:40 PM EDT
What happened to all those Streakers of the Early 70's? They might have some fun with these Losers.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 10:24:05 PM EDT
"as long as it will make me feel safe, I don't mind!" [rolleyes] I'm already not flying, but I REALLY won't fly with that in place. The sheep wanted the govn' in charge, well, they're getting it!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 10:44:52 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/25/2003 11:33:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 11:35:16 PM EDT by Notorious]
Imagine this if you dare.... security person - "OK Mr The_Beer_Slayer, just step into this scanner please." The_Beer_Slayer - "OK" [shock][shock] [shock][shock]
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 11:47:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Imbroglio: Who wants to invest in my invention? Clothing with aluminum threads weaved in just enough amounts to defeat this xray. I would also have the threads spell out nice messages like SCREW YOU when viewed with the xray. Please help make my dreams of money and womenz become true.
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Imbroglio, you are truly a genius. You better patent that idea quick. Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 11:51:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gloftoe: eh, I'll just shove a big rubber dick down the front of my pants, and let them look all they want [:D]
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That might get you into more trouble than you'd expect, considering items like you describe are illegal by state law, and they can supposdly tell the difference between skin and plastics. It would be funny, but you might get a cavity search from Bubba for your trouble. I haven't flown since summer of 2001, and I doubt I'll be flying any time soon. If I can't drive where I want to go, I'm not going. Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 1:53:23 AM EDT
W ... T ... F ... [>:/]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 2:01:33 AM EDT
This technology has been around for a few years. It was in "True Lies." [:)] BTW, do I see what I think I see...
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 2:35:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M4_Aiming_at_U: Like in that movie Total Recall!
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Even the German Shepherd had to walk thru the device. As portrayed, it's skeletal structure was pretty cool.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 2:36:19 AM EDT
FCK that SHT. This will spell doom for the airline industry IMO.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:03:54 AM EDT
Well, if this is the future, all I can do is remember to "chub up" right before going through the scanners.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:21:04 AM EDT
The terrorist who is determined to kill himself in a suicide bombing will just resort to implanting the explosive internally in his body.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:23:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/26/2003 4:27:06 AM EDT by Otter-pop]
I've hated the whole airport thing forever, but as long as I don't have to see THEM naked, this will hardly make it worse. What's gonna really suck is when they start using this at theatres to make sure you don't bring in outside food and drink.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:25:07 AM EDT
Is that a picture of "Pat"?
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:28:41 AM EDT
Camel Toe~! Regarding Richard Reid....I don't see the chick's shoes in the photo.....
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:32:05 AM EDT
Let me guess---the ONLY thing they're looking for is weapons/explosives, right? Anything else they may see is off limits, correct? Rriiiiggghhhttt! Who needs a dope dog when you have this super snooper? Yeah, we can prevent terrorist attacks AND bust people for petty shit. Smacks of Big Brother to me.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:38:55 AM EDT
Also...what is on her left armpit?
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:47:54 AM EDT
Great when the TSA womenz see my "package" they won't be able to leave me alone.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 8:49:45 AM EDT
Finally....Revenge against those bastards!!!!
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 10:13:32 AM EDT
COOL! This even better than those up-skirt vids. Where do I apply for a position at the TSA running one of those silly machines?
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 10:33:56 AM EDT
What if I already go to the airport naked? What are they gonna do then, [b]HUH??[/b]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 11:54:03 AM EDT
i can see it now... "uhhh... mr. holmes, john holmes, could you please step to the side so our airport screener can get your number?"
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 11:57:06 AM EDT
Don't even need sophisticated weaving techniques. Just use a metallic or lead based paint on the inside of the garment. Spell out things like "I'm with stupid" with an arrow pointing to your crotch, or something equally witty. Nice thing is that it doesn;t show up unless you are x-rayed. I see the opportunity for a "dry cleaner rebellion". [:D]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 12:07:18 PM EDT
Ok, so where's a standard pic of this broad so we can compare. [:D]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 12:16:09 PM EDT
hmmm...video opportunity? AIRPORT TRAVELERS GONE WILD!
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 12:33:51 PM EDT
i will drive,,,this is chaos
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 12:42:20 PM EDT
I have flown for the last time, this is BS.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 1:01:35 PM EDT
This will never fly (no pun intended) It's common knowledge prison inmates have found many clever ways to get contraband past "real strip searches"..... --RR
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 1:02:03 PM EDT
[img]http://www.asmenews.org/archives/backissues/dec01/features/hallowell.gif[/img] Why couldn't they stick a HOT CHICK in there?? [shock]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 1:14:00 PM EDT
It's about dadgum time! Now, for a career change. [:D]
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 3:13:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 3:26:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SeaDweller: FCK that SHT. This will spell doom for the airline industry IMO.
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They are coming soon, to a Mall near YOU!![:D]
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