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Opt-Out Day a "success?" TSA silently disables scanners.

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According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all, making opting out impossible. We've asked DHS/TSA for comment, but you can help us confirm. (gizmodo.com) Ещё...

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homedepo20
Ronnie Mc 0
i bet they'll use then tomorrow
jdanish
John Danish 0
Makes you wonder how many americans have tried to blow up an airplane?, maybe the scanners should be at foreign airports, to scan non americans boarding to fly here? If anyone feels this is targeting, that is correct.
Jecain
Jonathan Cain 0
im not sure if its any consultation, but i departed LGA > ATL > DFW and DFW > PHL > LGA and i did not experience any sort of scanners besides metal detectors...it was pretty low key considering all of the airports are pretty active...just my random submission....
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
I have flown out of MEM twice in the past 2 weeks and they have the scanners, and have not see one person go through one, or an enhanced pat down.
BoeingFan59
Troy Raiteri 0
Damn so my hometown is filled with TSA sure enough I seen one sitting down eating a sandwich I almost wanted to get out and slap that guy! for no odd reason
sviridovt
sviridovt 0
Finally I mean there were very few terrorism attacks from inside or by children or elders and non US citizens so let's only screen only international travelers ages 20-50 or something of that nature
CineCal
SC Sully 0
I cant believe our biggest security issues are shoes and water-bottles, I've always found this absurd! The TSA's methods are a band-aid for just a few ways out of the over 200-some ways somebody can deceive and smuggle something past their security measures. If they really want to counter the issues at hand, they need dogs & handlers trained at detecting the substances there looking for.
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
Great Idea Sully. I like the use of Dogs... One of the better idea yet. Forgive the pun, but I would rather have a dog sniff my package than have a TSA agent to grope all over it :)
AABABY
AABABY 0
rcowen
rcowen 0
The new, much more intrusive screening by the TSA has elevated the discussion of airport security to a much higher level and there are now very strong emotions about the issue. In addition to emotions, the overriding question is whether the TSA is effective or just “theater.” Many feel that it’s a huge waste of time and money (and an insult to our intelligence). The TSA has captured weapons (carried inadvertently) but never a terrorist. Look at the number of weapons captured and compare it with the number of passengers and flights if you want a lesson in probability of dying in an airline terror event versus winning the lottery.

The next time you fly, count the number of TSA employees. I can’t see how the cost of labor and equipment is covered by ticketing fees and taxes. Think of all of the time wasted by travelers, the costs to the airlines and the hassle when an airport is locked-down because some inadvertent traveler passes through security the wrong way or a machine malfunctions or a TSA employee is not attentive.

Whenever a “one size fits all” solution is dictated (in this case by the TSA), alternate methods of solving a problem are stifled. A huge lobby exists in Washington to continue the momentum of the current technology suppliers and thus methods. One of the suppliers has Michael Chertoff (former head of DHS) as an owner or employee.

I doubt whether drug sniffing dogs have an advocacy or lobbying group but I think it’s long past time to see if there is a more effective (and lower cost/hassle) way to prevent terrorists from killing us.

I propose a “sniff off” test under real-world conditions: TSA vs. dogs! Bomb making material should be hidden in any and every place and method that the most dedicated terrorist can conceive. If the dogs are as good as I hope they can be, your local airport could be opened to all. People who are meeting passengers could actually go to the gate (and be wearing their shoes). We would no longer be concerned with being politically correct as we are today because we’re afraid of offending those who wear ethnic or religious garments. The smaller TSA (or whatever it becomes) could then concentrate on observing and questioning passengers as EL AL Airlines has so successfully done. By the way, why don’t the airlines take responsibility for security on their planes? There is no one more concerned with keeping their aircraft in the sky and their customers alive.

Dogs cannot find metallic objects like guns or knives so magnetometers would still be required, unless terrorists are smart enough to make them from ceramics. With reinforced cockpits and very alert passengers who have already demonstrated numerous times that anyone acting strangely will be quickly and securely immobilized, perhaps it’s something that no longer needs to be watched mechanically but instead using the same methods that have kept EL AL safe for many, many years.

If this has already been tested, why have we not heard of it? If it has not been tried and tested, how quickly can it be?
AABABY
AABABY 0
thehillnl
Hill Wright 0
Went through ATL and the scanners were not is use. Looks like they were very wise to hold off during the holiday!
chrisquilter
chris quilter 0
Someone should be developing an airport security device that will eliminate the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports. It's a simple booth you can step into with all you stuff that will not X-ray or sniff you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. I see this as a win-win for everyone with none of this chatter about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift. Case closed.

Imagine you're in the airport terminal gate and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers - we now have a seat available on flight number 791"
MS1361
MS1361 0

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