[ RadSafe ] Airport delays X-ray scanner testing
sandyfl at earthlink.net
Sun Dec 24 22:48:41 CST 2006
I find 2 of the TSA comments quite interesting. The first being,
>>"The last thing we wanted to do was start this during one of the
busiest travel times of the year," said Nico Melendez, an agency
If the unit is effective, then one would presume that the best time
to put the system into operation would be when there is the highest
number of passengers, and, the potential for an incident to take
place. An effective system would definitely preclude the smuggling of
a weapon, at least a metal weapon.
The second comment would be have been an appropriate response for the
baby through the X-ray unit. This was the comment (at least he got
the low exposure of radiation correct in this situation): >>Others
have said it could expose travelers to potentially harmful radiation,
but the TSA said the scanner is designed to see only through fabric,
Airport delays X-ray scanner testing
PHOENIX - A test of an X-ray security scanner that can see through
clothing, even taking clear pictures of the human body along with
concealed weapons, has been delayed until early this coming year at
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The federal Transportation Security Administration initially said one
machine would be operating at Sky Harbor's Terminal 4 by Christmas.
However, the agency said technical difficulties were creating
problems in setting up the equipment so it work properly with the
airport's wireless connections.
It also decided the holiday season was not a good time to start. "The
last thing we wanted to do was start this during one of the busiest
travel times of the year," said Nico Melendez, an agency spokesman.
He wouldn't be specific about when the machine will be ready, saying
only that it should be installed within a few months.
Critics say the high-resolution images are too invasive, and the
American Civil Liberties Union has called it a virtual strip search.
The TSA says it has found a way to adjust the machine's images so the
normally graphic pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still
being effective at detecting threats.
Others have said it could expose travelers to potentially harmful
radiation, but the TSA said the scanner is designed to see only
through fabric, not skin.
Sky Harbor will still be the first airport in the country to test the
equipment, and the TSA will later test the machines at a handful of
the country's other airports during 2007.
The technology already is being used in prisons and by drug
enforcement agents, and has been tested at London's Heathrow Airport.
During the pilot program, the X-ray machine will be used only as a
secondary screening measure; passengers who fail the standard
screening process will be able to choose between the new device or a
typical pat-down search.
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