Midnight rambling

Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by Take the Bus, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Take the Bus

    Take the Bus Member

    Random thoughts are they re the TSA.

    1 - The coping of credit cards, as seen on a few YouTube videos and other accounts. I don’t believe there is a conceivable connection between the possession of credit cards and any potential risk to safety. I further doubt TSA rules/regulations/etc. require same. Therefore, a reasonable conclusion is that the TSA employee is attempting credit card theft. Police should be notified, and charges placed.

    This may sound unreasonable - it is not. It would be a simple matter for an agent to copy both sides of the cards and after a reasonable period to ally suspicion, use or sell the numbers.

    - Deletion of scanner images. The TSA claims the images are “deleted”, but that term means different things depending on how, and if, the data is stored. If a hard drive is used even momentarily, the only way to be assured data is erased is destruction of the disc. A similar situation may exists with solid state memory, depending on type and how used.

    Therefore, passengers should insist their image be “deleted”, and ask to be informed of how such deletion was accomplished. If necessary to meet their own privacy policy, all forms of memory should be destroyed forthwith, and replaced.

    If the machines are simple viewers, the image is not stored at all, and the use of the word “deleted” seems odd. Clarification of the machines processing of images is necessary.

    3. - Randomness of those chosen at random. I doubt the TSA keeps a detailed record of each person chosen “at random”, showing sex, nationality, race, age, etc. But, lacking such information to compare with the general population makes it impossible to determine if selection is indeed random. The TSA should be required to collect such data so as to show the process is in fact random.
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    There is a similar issue with copy machines, which use hard disk storage. These machines retain images of material being copied, including financial statements, income tax returns, and any images of your nude buttocks which you may have had the injudicious inclination to have made at some point. Either personal copiers or public ones, that data remains, and is available. No protocols exist for the destruction of those. Data centers, which are responsible for keeping data secure, have complete protocols for erasing and destroying the platters to make it impossible to steal any data.

    So I agree with your point. If you go through MMW even with the stick figure, your naked unrendered bits are probably still there, albeit , as far as we know, without identifying marks. If the systems use flash drives instead of hard disks, the problem still remains.
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Anyone who lets the TSA photocopy any of his/her documents is nuts.

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