Total Recall Like Scanners installed in Phoenix Airports


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Wackbag Staff
Dallas News

Phoenix airport tests body-scanning machine

Phoenix process likened to strip search; officials say device not invasive

08:58 AM CDT on Friday, October 12, 2007

Associated Press

PHOENIX – Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday became the first in the nation to test a new body-scanning machine that could replace the metal detectors that passengers walk through at airports.

Security officials started sending passengers to the full-body scan machine in the airport's Terminal 4 on Thursday afternoon on a test basis.

The machine uses radio waves to detect foreign objects and creates an image based on energy reflected from the body. The image is viewed by an operator in a private screening room, but faces of those being screened are blurred so they can't be recognized.

Whitney Weller, a spokesman for L-3 Communications, the defense contractor that developed the machine, said the images are not explicit in any way.

While privacy advocates have compared the body scanning to strip searching, Mr. Weller said it is a safe and effective method that most people prefer.

"More than 70 percent of people – they'll choose an electronic method. People don't like being groped," he said.

The resulting three-dimensional image resembles a photo negative with a passenger's body colored in silver tones against a black background. In a media demonstration, using a female model, the image showed the outline of clothing including a brassiere and underwear. But there were no visible details beyond the body's contours.

Passengers typically stand in the scanning portal for no more than 5 seconds, turning once to allow inspection from all sides.

Transportation Security Administration officials said the TSA officer doing the screening will never see the computer image and no images are saved.

Passengers pulled out of the security line for secondary screening are able to choose the scan instead of the traditional pat-down.

Shirley Lummus, who was waiting for her granddaughters' flight to arrive, said she had no qualms about undergoing the body scan.

"It's easier than having someone patting you down. You're not even feeling it," said Mrs. Lummus, 66, of Sun City. "Too many problems in the airport. Might as well get right down to the nitty-gritty and see if there's anything there."

Ray Sanders, a 53-year-old mechanical engineer en route to Sacramento, said he would opt for a pat-down only because of concern about the use of radio waves.

Sky Harbor has been testing a similar machine that uses a low-intensity X-ray beam to scan passengers as part of efforts to find a more effective tool to search for hidden items.


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my gf dad works for L3.
i'll have to ask him bout that contraption.
(very technical term eh..."contraption"?)


"It's easier than having someone patting you down. You're not even feeling it," said Mrs. Lummus, 66

hahaha gotta love that.. she was gettin groped b4.