June 6, 2008 1 Comment
USA Today reports on June 6, 2008:
Body-scanning machines that show images of people underneath their clothing are being installed in 10 of the nation’s busiest airports in one of the biggest public uses of security devices that reveal intimate body parts.
and according to the TSA:
“It’s the wave of the future,” said James Schear, the TSA security director at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where two body scanners are in use at one checkpoint.
this is how it works:
The scanners bounce harmless “millimeter waves” off passengers who are selected to stand inside a portal with arms raised after clearing the metal detector.
A TSA screener in a nearby room views the black-and-white image and looks for objects on a screen that are shaded differently from the body.
Finding a suspicious object, a screener radios a colleague at the checkpoint to search the passenger.
and for entertainment purposes, the TSA explains what ‘protecting privacy’ means:
The TSA says it protects privacy by blurring passengers’ faces and deleting images right after viewing. Yet the images are detailed, clearly showing a person’s gender. “You can actually see the sweat on someone’s back,” Schear said.