TSA Shuffles Deployment of Whole Body Imagers at US Airports

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Somebody at HS Today should wake up & pay attention to what he's writing ...

    HS Today: TSA Shuffles Deployment of Whole Body Imagers at US Airports

    Over the next several months, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is removing certain kinds of whole body imaging devices from large airports in favor of those that emit less ionizing radiation.

    At the same time, TSA is moving forward in an effort to develop a "next generation" of advanced imaging technology (AIT).

    Critics have long said the backscatter X-ray devices used for whole body imaging at many US airports were far safer than the alternate millimeter wave technology, which relies upon radio waves instead of X-rays to scan air travelers for concealed items thereby subjecting airport passengers to less ionizing radiation.

    Many studies have indicated backscatter X-ray to be safe for travelers, measuring the dose of radiation received by one AIT device to be less than that received during two minutes of actual air travel.​

    Did this bozo just crawl out of a cave?
  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    What the actual #$%& is this.

    I figured this was going to be some apologetic (expletive deleted) for TSA's smoke-and-mirrors "reallocation" plan for the BKSX NoS, but let it never be said that reporters cannot still dazzle me with stupidity.

    Has ANYONE outside of the Beast itself ever said that BKSX is even safe, let alone preferable, from a health-and-safety perspective, to MMW? I mean, I'm still not 100% convinced that MMW isn't harmful, but that's at least more disputable than the effects of ionizing radiation.

    Full moon? Something in the water? Mum drop him on his head one too many times?
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  3. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I have the same WTF question as you CW!

    ...or maybe...Drinking TSA Kool Aid? Letting TSA write the piece for him without actually reading what he is supposed to have written? Went through too many full-body scans and suffering the side-effects (i.e., brain damage)?:confused:
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Just look at the source, these morons will publish anything their meal ticket tells them to.
  5. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Pretty much. "Write what we tell you to or that pretty press pass will disappear."
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Yeah, it's tough when you're lifting from press releases you don't quite understand.
    Adding to the confusion is that the shuffle has nothing to do with human health and that the eventual roll-out does involve new backscatter but with AIT. From the ProPublica story recently:
    Sometimes truth slips out from the TSA.
    PR from the new +$245M contractor:
    Front and back imaging but without the pesky black background. Images are only in AIT; they won't be copied at the station, they'll be networked:

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