TSA Watch: Does this video prove TSA's full-body scanners are flawed?
Update: The blogger behind the video, Jonathan Corbett, posts on his blog—comically named TSA Out of Our Pants!—that the TSA is trying to persuade mainstream journalists to not cover his video and claim he's found a fatal flaw in the full-body scanners.
There are plenty of TSA haters out there, but one vigilante took it upon himself to personally prove why he believes airport security in America is nothing but security theater. He claims to have discovered a serious flaw in the full-body imaging machines being deployed at U.S. airports around the country. Here's the video. Decide for yourself.
Jeffrey Goldberg over at The Atlantic directed my attention to the video. He also got a response from the TSA:
The video is a crude attempt to allegedly show how to circumvent TSA screening procedures. For obvious security reasons, we can't discuss our technology's detection capability in detail, however TSA conducts extensive testing of all screening technologies in the laboratory and at airports prior to rolling them out the field. Imaging technology has caught many items large and small, and is one of the most effective tools available to detect metallic and non-metallic items, such as the greatest threat to aviation, explosives.
TSA deploys a layered, risk-based approach to security through screening technologies and applying intelligence to our security measures in real time. Our nations' aviation system is safer now with the deployment of 600 imaging technology units at 140 airports. It is completely safe and the vast majority use a generic image that completely addresses privacy concerns.