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    Security Scanner Can See Through Clothes

    By TERRY TANG
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    Updated: 5:25 p.m. ET Feb 23, 2007

    PHOENIX - The Phoenix airport on Friday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity.

    Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment so the pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still detecting concealed weapons.

    During the testing, the machine will be used only as a back-up screening measure. Passengers who fail the standard screening with a metal detector will be able to choose between the new device or a pat-down search.

    "It's 100 percent voluntary, so if the passenger doesn't feel comfortable with it, the passenger doesn't have to go through it," TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said.

    Passengers selected for screening by the device are asked to stand in front of the closet-size X-ray unit with the palms of their hands facing out. Then they must turn around for a second screening from behind. The procedure takes about a minute.

    Passenger Kristen Rodgers, 22, of Little Rock, Ark., who did not go through the screening, likened it to going to the doctor.

    "If you tell yourself they have to look at that all day long, it makes yourself feel better," Rodgers said. "If it's just for security, just for 45 seconds, I think it would be worth catching somebody with something harmful."

    The machine will be tested for up to 90 days at a single checkpoint at Sky Harbor's largest terminal, which hosts US Airways and Southwest Airlines, the two busiest airlines in Phoenix.

    The technology could be left in place after the trial period, and the TSA hopes to roll out similar machines at the Los Angeles airport and New York's Kennedy Airport by the end of the year.

    The security officer who works with the passenger going through the screening will never see the images the machine produces. The pictures will be viewed by another officer about 50 feet away who will not see the passenger, the TSA said.

    The machine cannot store the images or transmit them.

    "Once we're done screening the passenger, the image is gone forever," Melendez said.

    The device at Sky Harbor costs about $100,000 but is on loan from the manufacturer, AS&E of Boston, Melendez said.


    Some folks here would have way too much fun with this.



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    I can't wait to see where this goes...
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    I GOTTA get me one of those

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    I'd work up a good woody and stroll through like I didn't realize.

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    I don't see why people think it's such a big deal. Is a grainy black and white image really going to get anyone excited? I'd much rather go through the x-ray than take all the crap out of my pockets.
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    Actually, I've worked with a backscatter machine before. The images Are high resolution. I could see circuit boards and hard drives inside computers that were run through ours. And I don't mean a general shape... I mean that a layman with a passing knowledge could have told you what the objects were. And the shots aren't B&W. They're not in normal color either though. Yeah, I'd work with one given the chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginian View Post
    I'd work up a good woody and stroll through like I didn't realize.
    From what I've heard, no one else would realise either.
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    These seem to be some of the images the scanners produce. Nothing to get excited about.



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    Though I am all for airport security, I am against this, and might even refuse to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Though I am all for airport security, I am against this, and might even refuse to do it.
    Then choose the patdown Or do like me...get rid of all metal before going through the checkpoint.
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    You bastards

    I'd work up the woody for the patdown too. Even better

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    This is what Celtic was talking about. The different colors are from different materials that are being x-rayed. I've used a machine like this in the past and you could easily tell what everything was.



    The x-rays of people aren't quite as intrusive but you can make out the general shape of a person. Of course if you want the privacy you could always choose not to fly...

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    To me it's a non issue.

    If I want to fly halfway across the country I'll hire a pilot in training needing the hours. I pay fuel cost, he pays aircraft rental, we both end up more than satisfied four hours later.

    But then flying commercial is for sheep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugEyedBeast View Post
    To me it's a non issue.

    If I want to fly halfway across the country I'll hire a pilot in training needing the hours. I pay fuel cost, he pays aircraft rental, we both end up more than satisfied four hours later.

    But then flying commercial is for sheep.
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    Brother is a comercial pilot if need be I'd just rent a plane and have him fly me.

 

 

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