TSA responds to alleged fault in full-body scanners

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration has responded to a blogger's claim to have found a serious flaw in the full-body imaging machines being deployed at U.S. airports around the country.

Jonathan Corbett posted a video of himself sneaking a small metal box past full-body scanners at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio. The video, which he posted on his blog, TSA Out of Our Pants!, now has more than 1.5 million views on YouTube. Corbett is also suing the TSA over the full-body scanners, claiming they are a violation of his privacy.

The TSA on its blog called Corbett's video "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 to the entire field," the blog states. "Imaging technology has been extremely effective in the field and has found things artfully concealed on passengers as large as a gun or nonmetallic weapons, on down to a tiny pill or tiny baggies of drugs. It’s one of the best tools available to detect metallic and non-metallic items, such as… you know… things that go BOOM."

The TSA admitted, however, that the full-body scanners are just one layer of a security system that includes behavior detection, bomb-sniffing dogs, and air marshals. A full-body scanner "is not a machine that has all the tools we need in one handy device," the blog states. "We’ve never claimed it’s the end all be all."


Would you really call that a response? It's more of a confirmation. I hope those responsible for the contracting as well as those who attempted to cover-up the issue, trying to intimidate reporters by advising they "strongly caution" against media coverage, are held fully responsible.
Sometimes simple technology is more effective. Wasting that much money is no joke.