TSA is considering X-ray scanners from another source to replace Rapiscan

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This article was reading like a rehash/recap until I came on this bit from Pro Public via Tuscon Sentinel: The inactivation of the body scanners

    The bad news:

    The TSA says it hopes to eventually move the scanners from storage to smaller airports after resolving the issue with Rapiscan. In addition, the agency is considering an X-ray machine made by another company under a contract for the next generation of body scanners.

    I wasn't aware of this little bit of good news:

    The last X-ray scanners in use in Europe were removed from Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom in September.

    And, boycott Israel:

    Israel, which is small but influential in the security world, has installed an X-ray body scanner for testing at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

    The company (Tek84 Engineering Group, LLC) that is providing Israel's x-ray scanners is also the source of the notorious CastScope used at some American airports.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    As long as TSA considers subjecting the general public to wide spread x-ray exposure I will not consider the agency or its employees as morally responsible members of society.

    These people should be shunned regardless of how harmless they may sound in some situations.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Mike's linked to article has this gem:
    but the image they claim is heavily filtered shows your genitals, butt, and breasts. yeah. some filter.

    The TSA has a tin ear. The public does not want x-ray machines with or without ATR. I don't think they get it. The people don't trust them and don't want them. If they buy them, they will cause an increase in "patdowns" and furor until they are forcibly removed.
    KrazyKat and Elizabeth Conley like this.
  4. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    My fear is that they're seeking models of xray scammers that look so similar to safer scanners that travelers won't be able to tell the difference.
  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Assume the position, comrade:

    or worse, linked above: http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/images/backscatter_large.jpg
    They don't. All the (primary) body scanners can go. Cause needed, as far as I'm concerned.
    Great reporting on this now-old story (the bad news part), thank you G.W.Schulz:

  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's all fine and dandy, but when does anyone suppose the TSA might hire a single employee with any knowledge and/or ethics?
  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well if they had any ethics would they qualify for TSA? I'm saying not, otherwise how could they do the despicable things they do?
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    because they tell themselves stories. they construct their own mythology in which their putting their hands in the passengers' crotches is actually beneficial to the passengers. It's what allows Pistole to participate in a mass strip search and sexual molestation yet continue to look himself in the eye and go to church as if he actually belonged there.

    In older times, this was called vincible ignorance. It won't excuse people who have told themselves this story when they appear before the Judge.
  10. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Does this bastard actually go to church? If I was his pastor I'd be withholding all sacraments and offices until he makes a full confession of his sins before God.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Halleluha, brother Frank! Pissy's an alumnus of Anderson University. Obviously any lessons of morality and decency didn't register.
  12. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    So when did TSA bother to do the public comments period Congress recently (last fall IIRC) mandated for the nud-o-scopes? My radiologist nephew (full fledged MD) won't go through them, nor will he allow either his wife or child to go through them (either backscatter or MMW).

    Wish that TSA would answer to someone.
  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Church of God? Well, that explains his lack of respect for women's dignity. Bible Thumper U.
  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I thought they weren't given any more money to buy these goddamn things. How is this even financially feasible for them?

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