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This exists:

Airport security screenings now include the use of x-ray machines called “body scanners.” These are highly sophisticated devices which can see through your clothing. They are capable of creating a “nude” image of your private body parts, in revealing detail. At ScannerShirts.com we are sensitive to your desire to maintain your personal dignity consistent with safe air travel. As such we have designed the products below as privacy wear for family travel.

Our garments have been imprinted with a special ink which tests have shown will create an opaque blur to help keep the details of your private body parts, private. These items are intended to be worn beneath your normal outer clothing as comfortable undergarments of high quality at a reasonable price.

The youth tee is a tad creepy:

The market for his undergarments might be gone now that TSA is going to use generic outline images that don’t display your swimsuit area. Personally, I feel that when a market for products like this legitimately exists, maybe we’ve gone a little too far.

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Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humansBy EILEEN SULLIVAN  Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.
As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.” …Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren’t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new “security” idea, it’s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 
Here’s some perspective:
Lifetime odds of causes of death
Heart Disease:  1-in-5
Cancer:  1-in-7
Stroke:  1-in-23
Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
Drowning:  1-in-8,942
Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
Flood: 1-in-30,000
Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
Tornado: 1-in-60,000
Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000
And skipping ahead:
Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488
So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:
  

Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans
By EILEEN SULLIVAN  
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.” 

Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren’t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new “security” idea, it’s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 

Here’s some perspective:

Lifetime odds of causes of death

  • Heart Disease:  1-in-5
  • Cancer:  1-in-7
  • Stroke:  1-in-23
  • Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
  • Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
  • Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
  • Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
  • Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
  • Drowning:  1-in-8,942
  • Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
  • Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
  • Flood: 1-in-30,000
  • Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
  • Tornado: 1-in-60,000
  • Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
  • Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000

And skipping ahead:

  • Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
  • Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488

So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:

  

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Defeating the Porno Scanners with Simple Pancake Shapes

The new, expensive backscatter x-ray scanners installed at airports have already been shown to be fairly worthless because they can’t stop a determined individual from smuggling contraband onto an airplane in a body cavity. But that’s not all; it appears the scanners can easily be defeated by a kitchen rolling pin and a roll of tape.

According to a new paper (PDF) in the Journal of Transportation Security by Leon Kaufman and Joseph W. Carlson (via Slashdot):

It is very likely that a large (15-20 cm in diameter), irregularly-shaped, cm-thick pancake with beveled edges, taped to the abdomen, would be invisible to this technology, ironically, because of its large volume, since it is easily confused with normal anatomy. Thus, a third of a kilo of PETN, easily picked up in a competent pat down, would be missed by backscatter “high technology”. Forty grams of PETN, a purportedly dangerous amount, would fit in a 1.25 mm-thick pancake of the dimensions simulated here and be virtually invisible. Packed in a compact mode, say, a 1 cm×4 cm×5 cm brick, it would be detected.

You read that right. What next? 

 
I can blow up airplanes! Yay! 

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Full-body airport scanner flaws exposed

thefuror:

Click through for the rest of the article.

US scientists have found flaws in full-body airport scanners they say could let terrorists smuggle guns and explosives onto planes, renewing calls for authorities to consider using alternative screening devices.

Parts of the human body and other benign objects create “noise” that can interfere with the machine’s signals, the research published in the Journal of Transportation Security says.

While scanner operators may be able to spot some of the items, many others such could go unnoticed.

“They (the scanners) are ineffective for thin objects such as blades when they are aligned close to the beam direction,” the report says.

“An object such as a wire or a box-cutter blade, taped to the side of the body, or even a small gun in the same location, will be invisible.”

The study comes from leading University of California physicists Leon Kaufman and Joseph W. Carlson - who spearheaded the development of today’s medical imaging technology.

The authors even demonstrated how 40g of explosives could fit inside a “pancake” shape taped to the abdomen that would be “virtually invisible” to the technology.

They also studied a widely-published image of a woman using the device and found that a gun taped to her side is only visible because her arms are lowered next to it.

Travellers must raise their arms when going through the scanners - meaning the item would be invisible.

Oh, fantastic. Spending millions upon millions for something that doesn’t work and soothes fears of succumbing to an odds-defying event. Errorism at its best (worst).

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Filed under: Yeah, this fucking happened.

This bombshell wearing just black lace, a pearl necklace and a white dog is Tammy Banovac, a retired surgeon in a wheelchair. She got down to her lingerie while going through airport security and still got a pat downTwice.

Dr. Banovac always refuses to go through the metal detector. She has to use a metal wheelchair and that means that she always gets a pat down no matter what. Lately, she says she feels violated because the pat downs have become increasingly invasive during the last few months. “If it happened anywhere else, it would have been sexual assault,” she declared to a local newspaper.

She was so angry with the situation that she decided to change things. On November 30, the 52-year-old arrived to the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City en route to Phoenix, wearing just a trench coat. When it was time to pass through the check point, she took off her coat, stripping down to her black lace lingerie. She hoped that, by showing that she had nothing to hide, she would not be hand-searched.

Sadly for her, things got worse: The perspicacious TSA agents wanted her to go through the metal detector, anyway. When she understandably refused, they decided to give her a pat down.

At this point, the quick-witted TSA agents said they found traces of nitrate on her body. Banovac claimed that it was probably her medication or a result of a hunting day. However, since it’s obvious that the retired surgeon could be a secret Al-Qaeda terrorist carrying a bomb somewhere in her lace bra or panties, the astute TSA officials subjected her to a one-hour hand-search and interrogation. Yes, one hour.

As a result, she missed her flight to Phoenix and had to return home. 

Yeah, I’m sure they found nitrate. Totally sure. Fucking disgusting. Unlike the masturbation at the Colorado airport story, this one’s real.

(Source: jezebel.com)

Filed under TSA Airport security Sick Disabilities Dr. Tammy Banovac Pat down enhanced pat down

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Glenn Beck's Alternative To The TSA: Let Everybody Carry A Gun

stfuglennbeck:

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck offered his alternative to the TSA. Texans with guns. Really. Beck said, “You think somebody’s gonna get up on a plane with a boxcutter… with a bunch of Texans?

Because Terrorists can’t get a hold of any guns.

Because we can trust people to shoot the terrorist and not a fellow passenger when panicked because there’s a terrorist. 

(Source: turnofffox, via stfuhatemongers)

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“What do you want to do, get blown up by a goddamn Arab at 30,000 feet or we get to see your private parts? It’s up to you, the ball’s in your park,” head of the TSA’s scanning department, Rodney Schroeder, told CNN.

Body Scanner Operator Caught Masturbating at Colorado Airport, Aug 2010

WHY IS THIS PERSON THE HEAD OF ANYTHING.
WHY IS HE EMPLOYED WHILE I AM NOT.

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CAN I SECOND THAT STATEMENT AND ALSO INCLUDE ANOTHER STATEMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH THIS TERRIFIES ME (A LOT)

Read the fine print at the bottom of the page: The Daily Squib is a curious satirical publication and should therefore be taken fu**ing seriously ;)

It’s the UK’s version of The Onion. Scary that this was so believable. 

(Source: meebobebo, via crystalfemmes)

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