Friday, December 17, 2010

TSA full body scanners won't catch a lot; it could get even more personal

Fran Golden has an “AOL Original” story Friday Dec. 17, “Leading scientists say airport full body scanners easily duped”, link here. There are a lot of concerns that many objects could be hidden, well, in crevices, maybe even in hair. (Imagine what could be expected of passengers; “Aplusk” on Twitter wouldn’t like it.) Increasing the radiation dosage could reduce the risk of missing contraband, but raise even more safety issues.

The Washington Post ran a similar long story today, by Anne E. Kornblut and Ashley Halsey III, “Revamping of Airport Checkpoint System Urged”, link here. The thinking is certainly shifting toward more reliance on intelligence gathering, and passenger-based screening, not taking it to the extent that Israel does (which would be unacceptable here), and probably running further into issues about federal data collection and even online “cloud” reputation as well as false positives on no-fly lists.

It's also unlikely that the "enemy" will repeat the same "tricks" it tried before, which fortunately it has not been very competent at.  This will become a battle of imagination, the kind you see only in the movies.

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