Start saying good-bye to backscatter scanners

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. TSA News Blog

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    As Bill Fisher reported here at TSA News on September 3rd, the TSA has started removing the backscatter (x-ray) scanners from major airports. Now we find out that it’s fobbing them off onto smaller airports.
    Pro Publica reports that the TSA is “quietly removing” backscatter machines from high-volume airports.
    Of course, I’m sure the reason has nothing to do with the potential health risks (not). Of course I believe the MMW (millimeter wave) machines that are replacing the backscatters are faster, as the TSA claims (not). Of course I believe this has nothing to do with the backscatters’ lack of Gumby-like software, which supposedly doesn’t reveal nude images seen by some person of indeterminate gender in a back room (not). And of course I believe this has nothing to do with throwing yet more money at the “security” industry (not).
    So the backscatter machines are being relegated to small airports. Oh, joy. I’ve been in small airports where I am the only traveler within sight, with one solitary TSA screener manning the metal detector. I’m sensing a TSA employment opportunity, folks, since scanners need many more people to operate.
    Why does the TSA’s latest action not surprise me?
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    As predicted. TSA wastes a lot of money, then wastes some more in trying to placate the people who've realized just how stupid and evil the TSA really is (and all of their employees are).
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    another article on the subject:

    less invasive? that's an understatement...

    yeah, I'd take the cavity search route if it got me through the line quicker. idiot. go ahead trade your birthright for a bowl of soup.

    and the finger in the eye. We're gonna still strip search and irradiate you people at some locations in big airports and all over in small ones. TSA continues to be unresponsive to the people and to the Congress.
    KrazyKat and phoebepontiac like this.

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