James Fallows: I Opt In! And Other TSA News of the Day

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Email I just sent James Fallows in response to his latest column, I Opt In! And Other TSA News of the Day:

    Jim, I saw your piece on that flack Kip Hawley and your paragraph about the MMW scanners. True, they don't emit radiation, but they do have a 54% false-positive rate. This has been widely publicized:

    TSA News Blog: TSA Propaganda Continues Apace
     
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  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I've given up on the MMW scanner argument with people. Sure, I post about the failure rate and that the BKSX images are still graphic and quote Pat Ahlstrom but I afraid it's a lost cause. I'll still avoid them or opt out but that is as much to harass the smurfs and slow up the line as anything else.

    Nobody's listening to this anymore, they're all (99.9%) using the scanners and there isn't an established link to a health risk as it is with the BKSX. They're all too afraid of a groping pat down to dare challenge the screeners and wouldn't dream of opting out.

    Even Rand Paul was detained after going through an MMW so it's probably a waste of time to beat this horse when there are so many other problems with this agency.

    These are just a more invasive version of the puffers and just like with them, nobody in Government wants to admit that this was another wasteful program.
     
  3. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Bill even though it seems futile just keep fighting it. I just relish the day they force me into one of thise perverted devices, its gonna be a show for sure. Im gonna have a "panic attack" and destroy one just for grins and giggles, then will bring in the legal eagles to have a field day with TSA in the most public and damning manner as possible. I wonder what a pervert-scanner will look like after a bull in a china shop hits it.
     
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Not saying I won't continue to fight them, I will, but mainly on the false positive/false negative issue. They simply don't work. The fact that they've disabled the naked picture doesn't fix that problem. I know that that data is there to produce the naked image but that is lost on virtually all passengers. When the time comes, they just suck it up and get in.

    From now on I'll just focus on the false positive rate and remind readers that the BKSX still have some perv in the booth looking at a picture their 14 year old daughter naked.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just need to keep harping on the extremely high rate of false positives and the post-scope gropes. It's the gropes that will win this for us in the end, along with the blind spots that will allow weapons & explosives to be carried through with apparent impunity if you know just where to put them.
     

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