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  • [USA] Airport scanners requiring storing and sending capabilities

    January 13, 2010
    Mixed Signals on Airport Scanners
    By MATTHEW L. WALD

    WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has promised not to store or transmit nude images of airline passengers made by whole-body scanners, but when it asked manufacturers to submit bids for such machines, it required that the scanners have exactly those capabilities, according to agency documents obtained in a lawsuit.

    The bid specifications, obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, also show that companies wanting to sell such machines to the government were required to equip them with “10 selectable levels of privacy,” although the document, which was partly censored before its release, does not specify what those are. Some of the machines provide blurring, or the electronic equivalent of a G-string over the genitals.

    The government required that the machines have a testing mode that would allow the “exporting of image data” and provide “a secure means for high-speed transfer of image data,” according to the documents.

    The images to be stored and transmitted are supposed to be of test subjects, not passengers, for training purposes.

    The agency has said that images of passengers will not be transmitted or stored. The documents make clear that as the images are made, they will be sent to a display screen in a remote room to an operator who cannot see the actual passenger, and that the operator will delete the image after examining it.

    The machines are supposed to provide “image filters to protect the identity, modesty and privacy of the passenger,” the companies were told, but the filters have to be modifiable by users with higher-level passwords.

    The documents were initially marked as “security sensitive information,” which is a level of secrecy lower than “classified.”

    Two T.S.A. officials, speaking on the condition that they not be identified by name, said that the scanners are delivered with the ability to store and transmit images, but that these capabilities are disabled by the agency before the machines are installed at an airport and that officers at the airport cannot re-enable them. The operator, who is forbidden to take a camera into the remote room, must clear one image before the next passenger image can be seen, they said.
    Rest of article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/us...ef=global-home

    Looks like they have future plans for these machines. I will state that I find them to be a violation of the Constitution's explicit restriction on searches as they are done by government employees even though it is done for 'private travel'.

    While not flying is always a choice, requiring intrusive search for flights and not driving from state to state is like requiring a strip search if you want to take a bus instead of driving your own car or walking from state to state.
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    Re: [USA] Airport scanners requiring storing and sending capabilities

    The government still follows the constitution? I'm imaging the uses for these machines will expand beyond just the airlines.
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      Re: [USA] Airport scanners requiring storing and sending capabilities

      Simply require that all passengers fly nude. We already ban nail clippers. Why not ban clothes? Consider them to be "terrorist weapons", the same way some would ban body armor.

      Meanwhile, just put the images from the scanners on a big-screen TV so all the passengers can inspect each other for concealed weapons. Remember Total Recall? If you're not comfortable with that, don't fly. Take the bus. Or drive.

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        Re: [USA] Airport scanners requiring storing and sending capabilities

        You don't like it, don't fly. It is private travel. Whether or not you agree that the government should handle the in airport screening is another matter.



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          Re: [USA] Airport scanners requiring storing and sending capabilities

          I am boycotting flying and hope that this kind of thing really hurts the airlines' bottom line. Israeli procedures get you from the curb onto your aircraft in under 30 minutes. There's no reason I should have to spend 2 hours in the airport to prove I'm not a terrorist. For flights within California, it's more time-effective for me to just drive to other places in the state.
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