May 23, 2007

Are Voyeurs and Predators Rushing to Apply For Jobs

On the left is an image of Susan Halloway that we first reported on in 2003. It uses a high energy x-ray techologoy.

On the right is an image created using millimeter wave technology that has been implemented at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Both types of scanner are still under evaluation by the US based TSA.


How useful will these screening devices be? This will partly depend on just how big a problem they are targeting. Does anyone have a pointer to documentation on how many folks have been prevented from hijacking or downing a commercial plane in the past 1, 2 or 3 years? As noted at Happening Here:

It's still just theater -- anyone seeking to harm an aircraft will figure out ways around the system. But every time we fly, we'll be reminded we should be very afraid and need protection.
And, if Americans, should only vote for a tough on security republican...

Maybe, just maybe, all this security money should be focused on something that takes many lives on a daily basis. Something like auto related fatalities.

On another aspect, if screeners are not archiving these images already they will as soon as the first perpetrator gets through with some problem device. If for no other reason than to prove that they did due diligence. Of course, when governments archive something it usually does not ever get thrown away and it is eventually shared with other government agencies and their private subcontractors.

Posted by Steve on May 23, 2007
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