Posts tagged TSA
Posts tagged TSA
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.
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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.
Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:
Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans
By EILEEN SULLIVAN
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:
And skipping ahead:
So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:
A photo of two Transportation Security Administration agents doing a full pat down on a baby, approximately 8 months old, has gone viral. It happened at the Kansas City International Airport. A passenger captured the image on his cell phone. Since he tweeted the picture on Saturday, it has had more than 200,000 hits. The photo shows the helpless baby being held up in the air by his mother while the TSA workers do their job.
Yeah, I’d be pissed. Video here:
TSA has the right idea. I grew up Catholic and this woman looks like she could be possibly be a nun. If so, definitely a terrorist.
Get’em conditioned early, that’s the trick.
Remember when we didn’t live in a police state?
we always lived in a police state, harsh reality for most people of color and poor people.
Exactly. The degree to which you feel the pain of fascism in this society is contingent upon your privilege within it.
I really feel a sense of loss for children who were very young on Sept. 11th and who have been born since. They never knew what it was like to not fear a specter and walk through an airport security line, shoes on and personal space intact.
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.
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!