A blogger has shown that all the Transport Safety Association’s controversial nude body scanners and much-too-personal pat downs are not effective in the least, as more and more people in the US speak out against the “advanced” security measures.
Engineer Jonathan Corbett has published a video in which he shows exactly how he took a small metal case through two of the TSA’s billion-dollar armada of scanners in a special side pocket stitched into his shirt.
The reason it is so easy, explains Corbett, is because the scanners blend metallic areas into the dark background. Thus, if an object is not directly placed on the body, it will not show up on the scan. The old detectors would have picked up on the metal, but the TSA’s new and expensive toys, it seems, are woefully inadequate.
In this TSA scan the metal items can clearly be seen as the body appears against a black background (still shot from video)
Contrast: Here, the metallic object is not directly placed on the body and so does not show up on the scan as it blends into the background(still shot from video)
“It can’t possibly be that easy to beat the TSA’s billion dollar fleet of nude body scanners, right? The TSA can’t be that stupid, can they? Unfortunately, they can, and they are,” says Corbett, who has filed a lawsuit against the agency’s new security measures.
Corbett goes on to say “While I carried the metal case empty, it could easily have been filled with razor blades, explosives, or one of Charlie Sheen’s infamous 7-gram rocks of cocaine. With a bigger pocket, perhaps sewn on the inside of the shirt, even a firearm could get through.”
The scanners, which started appearing in airports in the fall of 2010, have been criticized for being invasive and potentially causing health problems. Europe has refused to invest in the new scanners due to health concerns. The former chief of security at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport said he could “overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to take down a Boeing 747”.
The blogger added “Now, I’m sure the TSA will accuse me of aiding the terrorists by releasing this video, but it’s beyond belief that the terrorists haven’t already figured this out and are already plotting to use this against us. It’s also beyond belief that the TSA did not already know everything I just told you, and arrogantly decided to disregard our safety. The nude body scanner program is nothing but a giant fraud.”
The TSA themselves have yet to comment on the video, which has already gone viral.