Passengers as well as pilots are getting very annoyed that they have to either get a full-body scan or a pat-down before they can board a plane. First of all why on earth would you need to perform a full-body scan or pat-down an airplane pilot? The pilot is the one flying the plane he doesn’t need to bring anything on-board. Hello, this makes no sense at all.
Airline pilots are already subject to strict FBI background checks and hopeful the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) should put a crew pass system in place that would allow flight attendants and pilots to undergo less strict screening.
Passengers are now being forced to choose a full-body scan using full-body image detectors or rigorous pat-down inspections which includes checking the inside of a passenger’s thighs and buttocks. According to top federal officials the procedures are safe and necessary in order to ward off terror attacks.
This is not how John Tyner sees it at all and I happen to agree with him. On his internet blog he posted over the weekend that he was escorted from the San Diego airport after he was threatened with a fine and lawsuit for refusing a groin check after he turned down a full-body scan. John went on to tell one federal TSA worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m goanna have you arrested.”
John told the TSA worker that being molested should not be a condition of getting on a flight . A TSA supervisor, who overheard John, told him that this was not a sexual assault. John responded that it would have been if you were not a government worker.
I can see that John has a valid point and if anyone reads between the lines can clearly interpret this as TSA workers have the right to sexual assault you in the name of national security. This is where passengers need to draw the line.
We have all read or heard on the news that TSA workers look at full-body scans in a room separate from the security check point. We have also been assured that these images are not recorded or saved. This is outright lie because U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner.
In a news article just released today by Wired, an Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs were saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. Wired went on to say; “the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray back-scatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country.”
Conclusion: I am all for beefing up security but there are other security holes that need to be plugged up before we can rest a little more comfortable. The news media is a great source for terrorist to learn about all our airport security vulnerabilities. Maybe in the future the news media should not be told where our security faults are. As far as believing the federal government that full body scans are not recorded or saved is just one more lie the American people have been told.