TSA Area Director Concedes Scanner Images Extremely Graphic

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    If I was Nico's dad I would be very ashamed how his child turned out.
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  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

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  3. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    And a real (expletive deleted) to boot!
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

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  5. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    What were the circumstances that led to the outing of Blogger Bob?
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  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I have no idea, but I don't think he was actually secret from the get-go. He had no problem providing travel blogger Christopher Elliott with a photo for a Q&A. I think it just took a while for anybody in the press to ask to see a pic. Or even to know that the TSA blog existed.

    I think the TSA bloggers are proud of what they do. They actually think they're providing a service. They don't acknowledge any wrongdoing.
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  7. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    The best service any of them could provide to transportation security would be for them to jump out in front of DC taxis to act as speed bumps. Considering the type of people they are, this would be much more productive, e.g. they save taxi passengers, save us their salary costs, and increase the overall value of integrity in society.
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

  9. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Hmm, I always wondered what Jabba the hut looked like when he wore human clothing.

    I know human is the wrong term in BOB's case :D
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  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  11. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Anything else just has to be a federal offence !
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  12. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    He's mentioned changing diapers on the "award winning" :rolleyes: blog in response to the MCI baby groping.

    Sadly it appears there are minions. :td:
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  13. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    perhaps they were his own...
  14. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    The machine shown in the article is the L3 version; I operate the Rapiscan version. I can't attest to the L3 other than what I've read in operator manuals and other similar materials. The Rapiscan AIT is not graphic. The best description is the Michelin Man; that's truly what the images look like. You can distinguish male from female primarily because of the underwire of the bra that shapes the breasts; whether it's wire or plastic, it creates a shape. Otherwise, in spite of others who accuse me of lying, you really can't see much. The machines we operate have the resolution "dumbed down," for lack of a better word.

    I don't know how to address the area director's comments in the article. In all fairness to him, he's probably seen a few "demonstration" images. I'd like to know the views of a full-time L3 operator who has viewed thousands more images than the area director, and I'm willing to bet that it's really no different than a full-time Rapiscan operator. But that's conjecture on my part.

    Whether or not the Automated Target Recognition upgrade is the answer remains to be seen. As I commented in another thread, the only difference is that you won't have an operator making the call to NOT identify a bra hook in the middle of the back as an anomaly whereas the ATR may "alarm" on that bra hook every time. All anomalies will require a pat-down for resolution.
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  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    More euphemistic (expletive deleted).

    And how come they didn't require a "pat-down for resolution" before November 2010 (or January 2010, when the gropefests were "tested" in Las Vegas and Boston)? How come planes were blowing up left and right, given that those "anomalies" weren't "resolved" back then?
  16. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    So we should believe you rather than a TSA area director making a public statement? Sorry, but I'm going to pass.

    About the ATR, was hopeful, but what is coming out so far is NOT looking good, according to this latest pro ATR Piece in the Baltimore Sun. If a bra clasp??? triggers a boob search, then it looks like the machines are going to be waaaaaaay too sensitive. got a sanitary pad? no problem, we'll just pat you down in that area. won't touch your ankles though. gee thanks.

    confirmation that TSA is going to F**K this up royally once again.
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  17. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    TSA has screwed up everything they have attempted, no reason to expect this to any less of a debacle.
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  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    God, I make so many typos on-line. This sentence above:
    should obviously read "How come planes weren't blowing up left and right," etc.
  19. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    That's OK...we meant what you knew! ;)
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  20. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    I truly don't care who you believe. I'm just offering my perspective.

    By the way, a bra clasp will not trigger a search of the breasts.

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