Confirmation that x-ray units are being moved to smaller airports

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I haven't seen any officical confirmation of this, it seemed to be a trend that people had observed.

    From Res Publica: TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports (Oct 19 2012)

    "They're not all being replaced," TSA spokesman David Castelveter said. "It's being done strategically. We are replacing some of the older equipment and taking them to smaller airports. That will be done over a period of time."

    More on spokeshole David A. Castelveter here.

    Found it originally in this blog post ...

    Arkansas Blog: TSA backing away from body scanners at big airports (Oct 22 2012)
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Lots & lots of buzz (dozens of articles) in the media about how these x-ray scanners are being "removed". Most are glossing over the fact that they are simply being relocated to smaller airports, where they will drive up the already high cost of screening each individual.

    Guess the health of flying folks in Podunk doesn't matter much ... :(
     
  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    The health of flying folks ANYWHERE doesn't matter much to the TSA (Touching Someone's (expletive deleted)) regime. Period. As is evidenced by their stripsearching of the elderly ladies in Florida, confiscation of insulin, requirement to remove insulin pumps, forcing passengers with insulin pumps into the MMW and/or BKSX and/or WTMD, refusal to allow medically necessary liquids (i.e., IV bags) to terminally ill people on the last flight of their life. I could go on...but what's the use? :mad:
     
  4. Al Coholic

    Al Coholic Member

    That's great news, IMHO. Since cancer boxes are still in operation, EPIC lawsuit can not be dismissed as moot and public comment period will still apply.
     
  5. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    That is truely good news, but how long will it take to get this pestilence out of our airports? How many people will contract cancer and die because of this unauthorized use of ionizing radiation?
     
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Doesn't the public comment period apply to MMW nude-o-scopes as well? I thought it had to do with the deployment of a large taxpayer-funded technology initiative and not specifically the radiological aspect of BKSX.
     
  7. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    They are removing the backscatter machines simply because they take too long and passengers are complaining about the long lines and being held up - doesn't have a damn thing to do about safety. They are moving them to smaller airports due to lower passenger numbers there. Considering the MMW's have a 54% false positive rate I hardly see how replacing backscatter with MMW's is going to help - just more passengers to molest which will make the lines move even slower. Considering the TSA has crap for brains somehow this makes sense to them.
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Wonder how much this TSA boondoggle of uninstalling, crating, shipping, and then reinstalling the Backscatter Strip Search Machines are going to cost us taxpayers? You know with TSA involved it will not be cheap.
     
  9. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Think they'll check the calibration of these machines once they are reinstalled? Nah.
     
  10. Let's be optimistic -- maybe TSA will be as careless shipping the scanners as they are with everything else and the things will get damaged beyond repair in transit.
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Or stolen -- watch for Rapiscan auctions in E-bay
     
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  12. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    At least $100K per unit with removal, packing, shipping and re-installation and related site work. Keep in mind they need to add a peep booth with the x-ray scanners that would not have been needed with ATR.
     
  13. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    I think they are deliberately "hiding" the cancer boxes by moving them to smaller airports far away from the media, politicians, or bloggers. It has nothing to do with the amount of time we spend in the checkpoint. As someone above mentioned, it is costing us a bundle for the TSA to remove and reinstall the cancer boxes. This is also a darn good way to create jobs in the boonies.
     
  14. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    "older equipment" - bullcrap. Some of the machines they are moving are less than 2 years old. TSA knows something is coming down the pike regarding backscatter and it wants to get them out of sight and out of mind by foisting them on to smaller airports where they will be used on fewer than 200 passengers per day.
     
  15. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    A letter-writing campaign to the newspapers/blogs which serve the areas in question needs to be started to inform the citizenry that they are being used.
     
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Also in each and every story that talks about the Strip Search Machines being removed but doesn't mention that they are being relocated to continue subjecting people to unknown quantities of x-rays needs a clear comment pointing that fact out.

    Don't let TSA get away with this obvious shell game.
     
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  17. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Might this swift moving of the backscatters have something to do with the "opt out and film" campaign during the week of Thanksgiving?
     
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  18. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    BINGO! We have a winner! :D
     
  19. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I highly doubt that - this has been in the works for a long time, perhaps ever since the Court ordered a period of public comment. They are, once again, trying to pull the wool over the publics' eyes.
     
  20. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I'm with Doober on this one, no offense to DeafBlonde. OOAF applies to MMW as well, so those high-profile airports with MMW/ATR installed will still be available for exposing TSA's unconscionable procedures.
     

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