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TSA To Cease Use Of Naked-Image Scanners In Airports

The machines are being removed, but the disturbing grayscale images of travelers’ bloated bodies will continue to haunt our nightmares. Via Boomberg:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.

TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit. The agency removed 76 of the machines from busier U.S. airports last year. It will now get rid of the remaining 174 Rapiscan machines, with the company absorbing the cost.

Airline passengers were offended by the revealing images, including those of children and the elderly. The Washington- based Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the agency in July 2010, claiming the scanners violated privacy laws and has called use of the machines equivalent to a “physically invasive strip search.”

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Woman Slaps TSA Agent Over Patdown

funny gifsI’ve been there, lady.

Orlando Sentinel:

A South Korean woman was jailed after she became irate and slapped a TSA employee at Orlando International Airport Wednesday, police said.

Hyunjoo Kim, 39, was upset that she needed to be patted down during the screening process at the security check point and slapped a female Transportation Security Administration employee, reports show. She became more agitated when screening officers told her two bottles of lotion were too big to carry onto the airplane.

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Yes, The TSA is Laughing at Your Naked Body

I know you’re going to be shocked when you hear this, but it seems that the TSA screeners at your local airport are, in all likelihood, laughing at your naked body when you go through the scanner. A former TSA agent turned blogger confirms the sordid (and entirely expected) details.

Via The Daily Mail:

‘I witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passengers,’ the former agent wrote.

‘Bad’ behavior: The whistleblower said that poorly trained TSA screeners fresh out of high school have been tasked with looking at nude pictures in sealed image operator rooms

The blogger partially attributed this childish behavior to lack of education and training, saying that this is what happens when people ‘fresh out of high school or a GED program’ are put in charge of analyzing nude images of people in a hermetically sealed room.

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What the TSA Does with All of the Weapons it Confiscates

Ever wonder what happened to the authentic ninja sword you bought at the flea market in San Bernardino? They shipped away for the holidays/Said they're going to L.A./But they never got there/They never got there/They never got there, they say/The TSA took my weapons away/They took them away/Away from me/The TSA took my weapons away/They took them away/Away from me
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Increased Airline Security Has Killed Far More Americans Than 9/11

Businessweek points out a staggering study suggesting that the delays and hassle caused by post-9/11 TSA airport screening procedures encouraged travelers to go by car rather than the far safer choice of flying  — resulting in thousands of extra road fatalities which would not have otherwise occurred, a death toll dwarfing that of the attacks on the Twin Towers:

Created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Transportation Security Administration has largely outlived its usefulness. These days, the TSA’s major role appears to be to make plane trips more unpleasant.

The inconvenience of air travel is pushing more people onto the roads. Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist. Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month—which means that a lot more people died on the roads as an indirect result of 9/11 than died from being on the planes that terrible day.

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TSA Hired Accused Child Molester Priest To Do Airport Pat Downs

Presumably in his application cover letter, he explained how his skills from one job pertained to the other. Via Philly.com:

About four months after being defrocked by the Diocese of Camden in 2002, Thomas Harkins had a new job as a security officer, including patting down passengers, with the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport.

The TSA hired the former priest before completing a background check, the agency recently confirmed. According to a church document, the diocese revealed to the TSA in 2003 as part of the background check that Harkins had been removed from ministry because of allegations he had molested two grade-school girls. Harkins was never criminally prosecuted, but the diocese settled civil lawsuits for $195,000.

The TSA took no action as a result of the disclosure. “An allegation alone does not warrant dismissal or automatically disqualify applicants from employment with the TSA,” spokeswoman Ann Davis said.

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