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X-Ray Vision At PHX  
User currently offlinePeh From Australia, joined Nov 2006, 340 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

"The Backscatter machine to be used at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona will enable screeners to detect non-metallic devices and objects as well as weapons on a person's body"

I must admit, the image featured in the article is a little embarassing.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/air...arch/2006/12/05/1165080915144.html

This amounts to a virtual strip-search before every flight! Surely there are legitimate privacy concerns. Is anyone airing them in the US?

[Edited 2006-12-05 12:54:13]


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User currently offlineKiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Quoting Peh (Thread starter):
This amounts to a virtual strip-search before every flight! Surely there are legitimate privacy concerns. Is anyone airing them in the US?

Sure its a gross invasion of privacy. However, as long as they continue offering the pat-down, the consumer has a choice right? Then, I do not see this as an issue unless this becomes the norm. Hopefully, this will stay as only applicable to those selected for secondary screening.


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5438 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2423 times:

Having seen the images of both sexes that this machine produces, I say ho-hum. The images are about as prurient as a medical text and much less interesting. If the machine speeds security checks, who cares?


I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineCXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2377 times:

Airplane 2 X-rays!  Silly


What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Just wait until the images of each pax are scattered over the internet..... I bet that the Civil Rights Groups will have a field day if that happens!


A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

Having been patted down a couple of times, back when there were random screenings at the gate, I would rather have the backscatter as the norm, instead of the magnatometer and a possible pat down.

With the backscatter, you don't have to take your shoes and coat off. For every road warrior that knows how to "strip" before getting to the x-ray machines and metal detectors, there are the infrequent flyers that wait until the last minute.

Then, there are the airports where the TSA people want to see your ID and boarding pass, after you go throught the metal detector. They get quite irritated, when you need to pull them out of them out of a coat that is coming out of the x-ray machine.

For me, I usually fly with my family, which means having a 3-year old with a car seat. To take off my shoes, my blazer, and overcoat (if traveling during the winter), and to have to take off my son's coat and shoes, plus deal with the car seat, is an absolute pain.

My only saving grace is that I have lifetime Gold status on AA, so I can go through the first-class security line, which means far fewer people waiting.


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