MMW catches bad guys better: TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by KrazyKat, May 19, 2013.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Second in series from KTLA (in thread
    At least they cite the Rule comments?
  2. Gotta love the excellence in reporting that comes out of local news. They "are considered" safer? By who? What are the standards? Where are the tests? Not to mention the fact that, as this English major understands it, the waves aren't radio waves, but waves half way between radio and microwaves. Microwaves, young reporter.

    I'm not particularly worried about the safety of MMW waves. But I am very worried about the shoddiness of journalism in this day and age.
  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    True, but also:
    1) It's promoting the idea that TSA is somewhat on the ball, addressing the radiation problem (of their creation).
    2) It's promoting the idea that MMW is better at detection.
    My main problem with the story is that both are 100% false.
    • Privacy was the driver, not radiation. And BKSX still in use at SEA and elsewhere.
    • MMW with 54%+ error rate is garbage.
    While linking to the Rule comments is fine, in context, is the reader being primed to comment "thank you TSA, please [spend my money] on MMW [instead of BKSX]?"
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  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Sadly I'm seeing a number of submissions on the rulemaking to that effect.

    I really hope we don't end up with MMW scanners all over the place.

    They're totally ineffective.

    And while I don't necessarily believe them to be dangerous, I don't trust that they aren't.
  5. This kind of MMW cheerleading also fails to address the side-pocket flaw Jon Corbett exposed.
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    My comment on the initial article never appeared. When I looked at the comments today, I saw that three people had had comments deleted. Therefore, I wrote this one:

    Well, I hit submit and immediately this appeared: This comment has been deleted by the administrator.
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  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You should write this up for TSA News & also send any screen prints, etc., to EPIC.
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  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Good idea. I'll consult with Lisa.
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    We may need to do this for the Rulemaking comments themselves.
    They are not showing up in reasonable order either. One posting 5/16 has an original comment date 4/21, while RB's second comment in pdf posted 5/07 shows an original upload 4/22.

    They state somewhere the delay has to do with "bulk submissions" but that does not explain what's going on.
    Transparency.:rolleyes: I'm not sure what sort of odds I'd give for the 2,000 comments currently with the censors/moderators showing up.
    If they don't post by June 24th, then whose burden is it to show a comment was timely received?
  10. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Someone I know says her comment appeared and then disappeared. The three I submitted in rapid succession on May 3 or 5 April 23 still have not appeared.

    I just now searched again for the tracking numbers and took a screenshot of each page that says the comment was received but hasn't been posted yet.
  11. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    This whole comment period, from beginning to end, is nothing but a colossal cluster fornication.
  12. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Agreed. A month to post comments is simply not credible.

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