No information provided about type of scan device

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Ticked off at ABIA, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. It's not just about privacy, it's also about proper security procedures. I decided to refuse to walk through the scanner because I didn't know what is was. I travel a great deal and feel that the X-ray exposure from flying is more than enough, so I decli Ed to walk through the scanner. I said, I don't want to go through the X-ray, and the TSA personnel indicated that it was radio waves not an X-ray. I couldn't see any posted information regarding the machine, so I was not inclined to just trust them.
    I tried to wait to the side so that's could be patted down instead, and they wanted me to go ahead and send my things through the X-ray machine. I declined indicating that I did not want to send my things through to where I could not see them. They didn't appear to like that very much nor have any kind of procedure for getting me through security. I eventually had to give up and subject myself to the scan. Once I went through, they sounded surprised when someone said "she's clear!". Of course I'm clear you fools. Next I asked if they had information about the scanner and the TSA employee referred me to her manager in the booth I went over and asked if they had any information about the scan, and she condescendingly replied, "no".
    If you want people to comply have a process and accessible information!!!
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    They don't care about providing information; they care only about compliance.

    Power and control, power and control.
  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Aw, why do you want to make it so difficult for the TSA thugs to steal your stuff?
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

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  5. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    Welcome, 'Ticked off' and thanks for sharing your story. I encourage you to register and join us!

    I agree completely that they should provide more information. And I object to the use of the body scanners (both x-ray and MMW=radio) for a number of reasons, and I would opt out of either type. For your information in the future, though, the x-ray scanners consist of two big rectangular boxes that you stand between, while the MMW (radiowave) scanner is a round booth with glass doors. See the first post in this sticky thread for drawings and photos: List of airports with body scanners
  6. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Yet more TSA employees that are ignorant of what is on the TSA's own website :rolleyes: :

    ALWAYS watch your belongings as they advance through the x-ray equipment at the security checkpoints - for secondary screening, INSIST that your belongings be brought to you.

    I love the ALL CAPS, as if you have to yell at the screeners to get through to them. :p
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  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Yelling wouldn't help. A clue-by-four to the head wouldn't help.

    You're talking about TSA employees, remember. This is a collective selected specifically for their resistance to clues. The average TSA employee couldn't catch a clue if they doused themselves in clue pheromones and performed the clue mating ritual in the middle of a field of rutting clues during clue mating season.
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  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    As we all know from abundant first-person testimony -- and personal experience -- they often don't let you watch your own belongings, they don't take kindly even to calm requests let alone "insisting," and they're usually the ones doing the yelling.
  9. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

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