peh
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X-Ray Vision At PHX

Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:50 pm

"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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kiramakora
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RE: X-Ray Vision At PHX

Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:41 am

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.
 
masseybrown
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RE: X-Ray Vision At PHX

Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:46 am

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?
 
cxb744
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RE: X-Ray Vision At PHX

Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:53 am

Airplane 2 X-rays!  Silly
What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
 
AirframeAS
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RE: X-Ray Vision At PHX

Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:27 am

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!
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ckfred
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RE: X-Ray Vision At PHX

Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:32 pm

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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