Checkpoints Are Becoming Code Red

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by barbell, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Flew out of an airport today that has backscatter, cancer-causing electronic strip search machines at every line at each of its 3 checkpoints. At my last flight through here they were running all lanes so you could essentially choose your own lane, but were doing everything they could to "encourage" people into the backscatter lanes.

    Today they had cones in front of every WTMD, and had a morbidly obese moat dragon literally telling every person in the WTMD lane to get in line for the backscatter machine, which at times was 7 people deep. No lie. In fact, the baggage screening operator seemed to be running her machine slower than the one at the WTMD, causing that line to back up considerably and create holes to pull WTMD into. The signage to opt out? Not visible from either line, of course.

    I also happened to overhear the WTMD blocker talking casually to the morbidly obese moat dragon about how stupid he thought it was that they were told to only use the electronic strip search machine because it so backs up the line, and can make it up to an hour long. The morbidly obese moat dragon proclaimed, "Eh, I don't worry about it. It's just a job, and I don't care."

    That's right, these are the people there for your safety.

    To their credit, this was the least offensive opt out I've experienced, not commenting at all on the total offensiveness of the entire charade. It did take them some time to find a patter downer, and when he asked if I had any sensitive areas, I replied, "Yeah, my balls." He just kind of looked at me and then continued on. I was in a real shitty mood to begin with, so I wasn't in much of a mood to fight. He changed his gloves without me even having to ask, and when I asked that he test the gloves before beginning, he did without a protest of any kind.

    I saw 4 opt outs in my time there, all male. I was the only one who didn't have fingers literally in my pants. I got merely a cursory pat around the waistband.

    How sad what this country has become.

    On a side note, I hung out at the exit while I checked messages and returned a couple of calls. Every single person. Every.Single.One. got some kind of post scan pat down. It was obscene.
  2. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    A Slacker / Clock Puncher hybrid. :cupcake:

    The new ATR software upgrade is working as well as predicted. The machine can't resolve what it sees, so everyone gets groped. Surprise! :rolleyes:
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  3. Bungnoid

    Bungnoid Original Member

    According to the OP, these were x-ray backscatter units (Rapiscan), for which the promised ATR software upgrade has not yet materialized. So the blame here lies with the human viewers in the perv-booth.
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I still believe this has been the plan from the beginning, I don't care what Pistole claims or what Congress has mandated. That mandate was that the scanners weren't to be used for primary screening. What a farce.

    Frankly, I'm glad to hear this. Since I've been trying to tell people this for almost two years and they still don't believe it, let them go through the scanner and get groped anyway. It's the only way they'll ever learn.
  5. Anecdotally -- I flew out of ANC two weeks ago Saturday, and it was an easy self-select line. My husband flew out to join us a week later and everybody was forced through the scanner. And, of course, he got a false positive on his arm, and the guy also patted down his beard, just for fun. Maybe someday I can convince him that opting out is where the party is. He says he'll opt out of backscatter, but submit to the MMW/ATR.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yet more evidence, if it were still needed, that primary screening through scanners was always in the cards, no matter what our overlords claim.
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  7. Oh yeah, and while he false-alarmed the scanner, nobody bothered to check his C-PAP. I'm glad he didn't have to deal with that hassle, but seriously -- either a C-PAP is potentially a bomb, or it isn't. I guess he's lucky they didn't realize their mistake and dump the terminal over his unchecked medical device.

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