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Coming Soon: Airport Screening with Shoes On

Posted September 19, 2011 8:28 AM

In a recent appearance, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that progress in scanning R&D will eventually allow passengers to wear their shoes through screening at airport checkpoints. Is taking your shoes off a hassle for you, or don't you mind? Liquids may always be in question.

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09/19/2011 8:59 AM

What? An end to the threat of the airport version of athlete's foot (aviation foot)?

Well, that is no doubt a step in the right direction.

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09/19/2011 6:15 PM

Why are people against full body scanning? An x-ray doesn't reveal any anatomical detail, only bones, metals and foreign substances.

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09/19/2011 8:04 PM

No sir! Not these machines, but they are now saying that they will be shielding or not displaying private parts on the scanners. What good is that (read on to see what I mean)?

From the pictures I have seen they render, with great detail, surface features of the skin in a black and white format.

My personal beef is that the TSA employs 65,000 people and after all these years the TSA has not caught 1 terrorist, not 1.

In every instance a terrorist was found it was by the flight crews and the passengers.

Studies conducted by the TSA themselves found that screeners missed a huge percentage of test bombs and weapons placed in baggage and people at alarming rates.

In Newark screeners missed 25% of fake bombs slipped into baggage. Last February in Dallas an undercover TSA agent "carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport's body scanners every time she tried, the source said." That is one of the new body scanners.

These tests have been carried out all over the nation and the failure rate is horrible.

So if the TSA misses all this stuff, has a zero success rate catching terrorists, why are we paying 65,000 employees and going through all the security checks and old ladies and tiny children get pat downs?

I wonder if this post will get censored? :-)

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09/19/2011 10:20 PM

This stuff proves only that we have already lost the war on terrorism.

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09/19/2011 11:32 PM

When I was a kid I often read about the evils of the USSR's internal security apparatus: the official paranoia, the endless forms, the hidden army of faceless bureaucrats, the arbitrary powers of surveillance/arrest, the secret lists of suspicious activities.

Looks like they were just a few years ahead of the West.

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09/20/2011 8:37 AM

What would it take for them to admit their uselessness and close down?

Are budjet cuts going to do it?

How much does it cost to replace these scanners every 2-3 years because a better technology has come out? Sounds like a perpetual money making machine for the contractors.

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09/20/2011 9:01 AM

I do not like to see another 65,000 go on the unemployment rolls but this TSA system does not work! I recently went through a full body scan and had to empty a shirt pocket of my calling cards as well as my billfold in a pants pocket. I have never done that before. I was yelled at for not having my arms straight enough above my head. The writer above is "right on" in that they have not identified one terrorist but of course we do not know how many were deterred and chose alternate means to try some skulduggery! Do not hold your breath on any major downgrading of this massive work program.

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09/20/2011 11:01 AM

We haven't lost the war on terrorism! We are winning most battles and losing some too, but the war is not lost. This is a long-term, ongoing struggle against radical Muslims, primarily and the landscape of that struggle between a free way of life and religious tyranny is different from any other war we have encountered. It will call for constant vigilance by all. Like AH stated, the structure of security is only as good as those who are part of the structure. You have to have people who care about what they do. Government workers as a whole do not have a record of caring about the quality of what they do. Go to the nearest Dept. of Motor Veh. and experience that.

One of the best things we can do at airports is have people who are competant and trained to look for suspicious items and people. Profile people.

There is nothing that will be 100% effective but there are common sense things to do without invading a persons privacy. Although some of that invasion of privacy may be necessary due to the nature of threats. It's a fine line between right to privacy and public safety. I don't mind some inconvenience if there is a reason for it. Not just because some dipstick like Janet "Incompetano" thinks this will keep us safe.

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09/21/2011 1:18 AM

I think you are right about allowing more profiling.

My point, though, is that we are being cowed sheep (excuse the mixed metaphor) as we blow money reacting to the threat du jour (or hier), be it shoes or 4-ounce shampoo bottles. In that sense we have lost the war, as well as a lot of wasted airport time.

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09/22/2011 9:24 AM

How much are they spending in R&D to allow us to wear our shoes?

I wear these with a pair of socks when I fly. Maybe I should run for office.

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09/22/2011 10:24 AM

Maybe glass slippers are the answer?

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09/26/2011 10:30 PM

I recently flew out of an Australian airport and witnessed this event.

In Que 1: An older gentleman was holding up the line because he forgot to take out a pill packet from his pocket and it crept setting off the metal detector.

In Que 2: A woman empties her hand bag and lays these 3 huge hair spray bottles onto the counter and the security type gust lets her through.

Now how much damage could those 3 bottles do if just filled with LPG never mind mustard gas or something worse.

Yet they go ape sh*t if someone tries takes a tube of tooth past on the plane

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