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New Internal Cavity X-ray Technology for Airports

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the nice-guts-finish-last dept.

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Thanks to a new type of X-ray scanner unveiled in Australia, annoyed TSA agents won't have to send you to a hospital for a body cavity scan, they can do it in-house. Officials say that more than 4,600 man-hours were wasted last year in hospitals waiting for scans. From the article: "Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said the scanners would also help innocent travelers. 'The option of an internal body scan will more quickly exonerate the innocent and ensure a minimum of delay for legitimate travelers,' Mr O'Connor said."

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Uh (5, Funny)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302266)

If the TSA employed more attractive people they wouldn't have to send us away to hospitals for body cavity reports.

Re:Uh (1)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302594)

Sorry, no matter how attractive, I still wont let anyone near my cavities.

On the good side, though, this device may allow Airports to capitalize in alternative revenue forms. Now you will be able to opt in, for an additional fee, for a non intrusive colon cancer diagnostic!!!

Re:Uh (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302742)

But if they put Jessica Alba lookalikes there, I'd be much more inclined to search her cavities than having it the other way.

So, the only way to go for me is a strict "no-cavity-search" policy. Fingers and more than a normal level of X-rays enter my ass only for medical or sexual reasons (figure out for yourself which of the two can't be used for sex).

Re:Uh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302904)

Fingers and more than a normal level of X-rays enter my ass only for medical or sexual reasons (figure out for yourself which of the two can't be used for sex).

I'm with you, bro. X-ray anal sex is as hot as it gets!

Re:Uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302926)

Its good to see a fellow x-rayphile here on slashdot. Nothing gets us goin like an x-ray, eh. Say no more, say no more.

Re:Uh (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303164)

Fingers and more than a normal level of X-rays enter my ass only for medical or sexual reasons (figure out for yourself which of the two can't be used for sex).

I'm fairly sure enough exposure to X-rays can make you sterile so I can see where they would have their uses for sex.

Re:Uh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303370)

You're missing the whole point: Democrats are bureaucratic fetishists. They would much rather use the latex-glove method of body-cavity search because most of them are into fisting as well.

Re:Uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303390)

Sounds like that could be the beginning of a porn movie, starting with an attractive female TSA agent giving a pat down to a burly dude.

I thought it was... (5, Insightful)

Itesh (1901146) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302268)

Innocent until proven guilty not prove that you are innocent?

Re:I thought it was... (3, Funny)

toastar (573882) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302440)

Innocent until proven guilty not prove that you are innocent?

Not in Australia, The whole place is a prison for god's sake.

Not anymore (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302546)

Police checkpoints, wire tapping, spying on civilians from multiple directions, "emergency" powers designed to circumvent the concept (which of course are never repealed)... the guarantee of innocent until proven guilty has been eliminated in all but lip service. It's really no surprise; every government must do this at some point or their business stops expanding (in both power and revenue).

The cold hard truth is that big government NEEDS a society full of "criminals", and if nature doesn't supply it, they will fabricate it through the coercive power of government.

Re:Not anymore (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302734)

Take a lesson from Egypt.

Re:Not anymore (3, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302880)

Not applicable. We have the illusion of choice and democracy in America to placate the masses. But we really only get to choose between fascist authoritarian kleptocrat douche bag pandering to divisive inflammatory topic A and fascist authoritarian kleptocrat turd sandwich pandering to divisive and inflammatory topic B.

Re:Not anymore (2)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302956)

Bread and circus ....
And, on a Orwellian mentality, we could also add: external enemy.

That is all the government needs and, from what you can see, they are playing it by the book.

Re:Not anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302916)

Well said.

Re:I thought it was... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302740)

That's the courts, not TSA.

On a somewhat related note, I have a pet peeve. I have a CI (counter intelligence) polygraph as part of my clearance, and part of the questions focus on links to terrorism. I passed, so the federal government is sufficiently convinced that I am not a terrorist to give me access to sensitive information. So why does another branch of the federal government still check me for weapons when I get on a plane? Why can't I show my standard IC badge and go through security?

Re:I thought it was... (2)

theghost (156240) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302918)

They can't even find guns [techdirt.com] with scanners and full-body gropers and you expect them to be able to know the difference between a real document and a forgery?

Re:I thought it was... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303146)

The badge has an RFID, and I can use it to badge into DIA, CIA, NSA, etc. TSA can't figure out how to install a standard RFID scanner?

Re:I thought it was... (2)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302986)

Because the TSA people don't have enough clearance to verify yours is real ?
Kinda funny, people with less clearance than you questioning you on that ....

Re:I thought it was... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303202)

The guard at the desk at work doesn't have my clearance either, but he can see when my RFID badge activates the reader and lets me in or if it fails and beeps annoyingly. There are hundreds of thousands of cleared individuals like me, let alone how many off-duty and retired police officers, active duty and retired military, and other trusted individuals who should not be searched and probed every time they fly like it's the first the government has scrutinized them.

Why O Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303444)

They do it so that people like you who 'shouldn't ever have to go through it' can find out what the rest of us are going through such that you can vote accordingly next election when you realize your politicians aren't representing you. Or any of the rest of us, for that matter.

Re:I thought it was... (1)

droopus (33472) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303144)

Isn't CI "Confidential Informant" to the feds?

Re:I thought it was... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303220)

It's also Carbon Iodine, or Chlorine depending on the font, to chemists. Strong law of large numbers and all that. I'm sure it has many meanings.

Re:I thought it was... (1)

skids (119237) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303384)

Well, doing so would create a situation where "loyal citizens" get preferential treatment versus anyone who has not been so assessed. Not that that is a good enough reason in and of itself, but I'm sure you can see the potential for dangerous precedent there.

Seriously, though -- I'm conjecturing here but it would seem to me that such an ID card would only be used in low traffic environments, where there is time and attention to spare such that nobody would reasonably expect to be able to steal your badge and then make themselves up to look like you. Such is not true of an airport, with low-wage TSA workers and airline CSRs handling thousands of customers a day.

Re:I thought it was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303162)

What about undue search and seizure? ...or is this "quartering of soldiers"?

Politicians are full of shit. (4, Insightful)

Microlith (54737) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302320)

From the article: "Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said the scanners would also help innocent travelers. 'The option of an internal body scan will more quickly exonerate the innocent and ensure a minimum of delay for legitimate travelers,' Mr O'Connor said."

Why should they need to be exonerated? Why should they have to suffer through a high intensity blast of x-ray just to prove that they aren't terrorists?

Why aren't the terrorists exploiting this hole RIGHT NOW and KILLING MILLIONS and INFLICTING TERROR?

Maybe it's because the threat is overblown and someone is sucking your cock in exchange for your pushing these useless, unneeded machines. Or maybe you're like Chertoff, destined to profit handsomely by pushing your employer (and other governments) to buy equipment from a company you own.

Re:Politicians are full of shit. (2)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302394)

Why aren't the terrorists exploiting this hole RIGHT NOW and KILLING MILLIONS and INFLICTING TERROR?

They don't need to when the TSA can do it for them.

Re:Politicians are full of shit. (2)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302566)

Why aren't the terrorists exploiting this hole RIGHT NOW and KILLING MILLIONS and INFLICTING TERROR?

Putting things up your butt is against islam, duh

Re:Politicians are full of shit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302788)

Yes, politicians are full of shit, and these devices will confirm it on a daily basis.

Re:Politicians are full of shit. (2)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302998)

Hummm, the terrorist ARE inflicting terror. They are just using the government as the tool for it. They don't need to move a finger, except to drop a few well placed news and rumors.

Re:Politicians are full of shit. (2)

ringm000 (878375) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303334)

The terrorists aren't using the government, the government is using the terrorists.

I feel safer already (3, Insightful)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302322)

Has there been an incident where a terrorist has hidden a bomb in his small intestine? Is it really a viable business strategy to hide drugs within your body in order to get them crossed the border. I cannot believe that there is enough free space in a persons body to hide a profitable amount of drugs.

Re:I feel safer already (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302598)

No to the first, yes to the second if you don't care about the mule dieing from a ruptured drug condom in the stomach or prolapse from the use of larger, well wrapped packages in other orifices.

Re:I feel safer already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302622)

It is only a matter of time before some suicidal bastard has a few unnecessary organs surgically removed and replaced with C4 and boards a plane. Boom.

Re:I feel safer already (1)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302642)

There has been at least one attempt at a rectum (business end of the large intestine) bomb. Small intestine would be tough to get to since you'd need to pass through 6' or more of large bowel to get to it from the back end, or the mouth, throat and stomach from the front end.

Re:I feel safer already (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302696)

Yes, a terrorist tried to blow up a Saudi prince with explosives hidden in his ass. I remember someone on Slashdot linked to the report with graphic pics of the aftermath. The dumb fucker (the terrorist, not the prince who decided to meet with a "reformed terrorist" in person) was peeled apart like Elmer Fudd's shotgun after Bugs stuck his finger in it.

Re:I feel safer already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302874)

It nearly killed 'im!!!!

Wait, no, I suppose it did kill him.

Re:I feel safer already (2)

avandesande (143899) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302930)

The important thing though is that the man's body absorbed the shock-wave and the explosion caused little or no damage to those around him, so it appears to not even be a viable technique.

Well... If he did that on a plane... (2)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303136)

A terrorist could get up in the middle of a flight, walk over to a window, take his pants down, stick his ass up on the window, and...
There you'd be thinking he was only mooning that... thing... on the wing... outside... when he would detonate.

And just imagine if he was ALREADY sitting next to a window. Cause, that is what they do. They sit next to a window waiting to blow themselves up.
Those shouldn't be called window seats at all but "terrorist seats".

Oh come on (2)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303058)

The anus has been used throughout history to smuggle things, this shouldn't be news to anyone who spend a second in the real world. Are you THAT out of touch with reality you never heard of drug mules swallowing rubber balls filled with drugs or the reason in jail they get you to spread them?

If this is the level of your average tin-hatter it explains a lot. You should really get out some day, talk to another human being. Learn something about the big scary world.

No Way (5, Informative)

headhot (137860) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302336)

I'd rather have a Dr or Nurse oversee my doses of radiation then an undertrained cop school dropout.

Re:No Way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302964)

Totally agree with you. I read an article the other day saying these devices are NOT FDA approved because they aren't medical devices and technically should not be being shot at any living thing legally, yet the TSA slips into this hole every day. The article I'd read said most of the devices are not made well and aren't configured correctly and says they put off like 3x the allowed amount of radiation for a medical device. They're already trying to give us skin cancer, next it'll be colon cancer :P

Radiation worries... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302970)

Are TSA agents schooled on the ALARA principle / rad doses, et al?
Even my dentist steps into the other room when the x-ray machine is running.

Two Questions:

1. What average doses of radiation are the passengers who use these machines receiving?
2. Do TSA agents get checked for the amount of radiation they're being exposed to? If so, how often?

Thank you! (4, Insightful)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303208)

TFA mentions how they "understood privacy concerns in relation to internal X-ray use". FUCK THAT!

It's not a privacy issue. It's a fucking health concern.

A fucking dentist covers you up in lead before he takes an X-ray of your teeth, and these morons want to let someone with a questionable understanding of buttons do X-rays of your gut?

force companies to be non-profits that sell to tsa (2)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302352)

i bet these stupid invasive technologies would magically stopped being pushed if the executive salaries at these companies were capped at 10x the lowest paid employee and they had to be non-profits.

Re:force companies to be non-profits that sell to (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302588)

"Non-profit" doesn't preclude extravagant pay or egotistical motivations. Janitorial services and Production can be contracted out, so the "lowest paid employee" could be an engineer making $100K.

The real solution is for The People to quit being terrified of boogeymen and start to use their brains. (A guy can dream, can't he?)

Re:force companies to be non-profits that sell to (0)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302596)

The whole economy would magically stopped being pushed if the executive salaries at these companies were capped at 10x the lowest paid employee and they had to be non-profits.

Instead of multi-national corporations, it will be all forced-labor camps. You can still send some million people to work there, though.

This Is A Good Thing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302354)

In this post 9/11 world, there are evildoers who are actively plotting to blow up airplanes.

This kind of technology to detect contraband and explosives in body cavities is desperately needed to thwart such dastardly plots.

I can understand some may raise privacy issues, but I'm willing to sacrifice my liberty for some security in this case.

Re:This Is A Good Thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302752)

Totally. If it wasn't for the heroic TSA terrorists would blow up American planes every day. These guys do an even more important job than the Marines, we need to give them the best equipment on the market.
Their job is also way more stressful than Iraq. At least over there our troops only have to worry about explosions when they drive past a car or large obstacle. In airports, every passenger is a potential WALKING IED. And these guys just sit there while millions of passengers walk by them every day!!!

I think people who fly should be escorted everywhere they go, even at home, by a police officer 24 hours before they go to the airport. It would make it harder for them to bring bombs on a plane then. This would relieve some stress from the TSA guys.

Re:This Is A Good Thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302890)

0/10

go back to troll-school

freedom (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302386)

> He said the new X-rays would be used only if suspects agreed to undergo scans.

How long will that last for?

In the UK, airport body scanners were "optional" when introduced - it was obscene how quickly they became mandatory. The word "big fat lie" came to mind.

More to the point, why are drugs banned? if I want to take drugs and someone wants to sell them to me, what's wrong with that?

Why do we have a whole bunch of people taking money from us without our consent, deciding what we should or should not do, and then enforcing those rules upon us?

Think of the criminals! (2)

MrOctogon (865301) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302388)

From TFA: "Mr O'Connor said people carrying drugs inside their bodies could die if bags split or leak, so it was important to check as soon as possible." So my rights are being violated because some felon might kill themselves with their stupidity? Makes sense. I'll bend over now.

New Technology: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302422)

Reading your mind knowing your going to commit a crime before it happens.

wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302446)

Complete with body cavity pat down?

Only a matter of time before the TSA jumps on this (3, Insightful)

citking (551907) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302500)

I bet Ms. Janet Napolitano is wet just hearing about this*.

I'm disappointed that this article is not from the Onion. Can no one realize that 9/11 was just a fluke and the likelihood of it happening again that way is astronomical (I know this is in Australia but I can almost guarantee that all heightened security is a direct result of 9/11, the British train bomb, and other random events)? Let's get rid of the security theater we have in place now and just live because life is pretty much bad enough as it is without having to invent reasons to make it even more miserable.

I'd rather die on a hijacked plane than have to undergo full body cavity searches - at least my wife will be richer that way.

*No need to thank me for that visual.

Re:Only a matter of time before the TSA jumps on t (3, Insightful)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303044)

Can no one realize that 9/11 was just a fluke

It was not a fluke. It was so well planned that it doesn't ever need to happen again. The terrorists did the work once, and then left to the USA (and other) government to continue their work for them. Now, they can just sit back, relax and enjoy their ... hummm ... what do terrorist drink ?

Health care crisis and terrorism in one fell grope (4, Funny)

smoothnorman (1670542) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302508)

"...annoyed TSA agents won't have to send you to a hospital for a body cavity scan", that's the ticket! conflate national health together with airport security. Prostate checks and weapons checks go hand in glove (and upwards where the sun don't shine). Health, safety, and a full pelvic exam, all at one stop. "uhm, no box cutter up here, but you might want to have this polyp removed at gate N17"

The Australian Onion? (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302518)

"The option of an internal body scan will more quickly exonerate the innocent and ensure a minimum of delay for legitimate travellers," Mr O'Connor said.

news.com.au is the Australian counterpart of The Onion, I hope. Right?

Re:The Australian Onion? (1)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303056)

Probably the Australian counterpart of Fox News, if they are buying this "optional" bullshit.

I can't wait to hear it (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302578)

And soon when America imports these machines, the DHS will release a statement claiming that ionizing radiation is "completely harmless". The fun part is that the security officer in the picture is not using any sort of protective gear, so when she's dying of leukemia like so many radiologists have done, she can take comfort in that statement. Not only that, but it raises the following ethical questions: 1) Since when have security personnel been allowed to perform invasive medical procedures and 2) What happens when an obvious medical condition is clearly visible on one of these scans and ignored by unqualified security staff, resulting in a needless and preventable death - if only qualified personnel had seen it? But hey, the Nintendo generation will do whatever you tell them. No one cares anymore.

Re:I can't wait to hear it (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302966)

But hey, the Nintendo generation will do whatever you tell them. No one cares anymore.

You better not be a Gen. X'er if you're gonna start that shit. I can dig up dirt on Baby Boomers too if you wanna play Generational Warfare.

Re:I can't wait to hear it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303404)

Mod parent up. That was completely unnecessary.

Re:I can't wait to hear it (1)

howhi (1149407) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303358)

the ethical question isn't 1) Since when have security personnel been allowed to perform invasive medical procedures - it should be 1) since when have security personnel been QUALIFIED to perform medical procedures. there is a reason why a doctor at a hospital analyses the X-ray images - they are trained for it. how is unqualified security staff supposed to recognize the obvious medical conditions? or any for that matter. analyzing the X-ray images is not a straight forward thing, especially when a person already has an underlying pathology. and also this: "...There would also be exemptions for pregnant women, people with mental impairments and those under 18". great, will they administer pregnancy tests as well? sexually active women may be in early stages of pregnancy and not know it yet. and that is the worst time for a unnecessary X-ray.

Training... (2)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302584)

From TFA:

Specially trained customs officers would be authorized to screen the alleged smugglers.

We can't count on actual medical personnel to be trained properly with regard to x-ray exposure levels...

As Technology Surges, Radiation Safeguards Lag [nytimes.com]
After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks [nytimes.com]
A Pinpoint Beam Strays Invisibly, Harming Instead of Healing [nytimes.com]
Radiation Offers New Cures, and Ways to Do Harm [nytimes.com]

Ensure a minimum of delay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302592)

ensure a minimum of delay for legitimate travelers

You mean they're gonna make sure that the minimum delay is not undercut?

Telling remark... (2)

jkusters (323299) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302618)

When someone uses the phrase "exonerate the innocent", it just says that air travelers are presumed to be guilty of terrorist activities and have to prove themselves innocent. Not exactly an American ideal, but American ideals are all too readily sacrificed on the altar of security theater.

How much are the devices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302666)

So, 4,600 hours at say $30/hr = $138k. What do you want to guess *each* of these devices cost? Plus, since the scan is optional, who is dumb enough to agree to a scan if they are in fact hiding drugs in their ass?

What is wrong with this picture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35302716)

It's become the norm for people to be treated like criminals. If you think this is so that we can be safer, think again.

Unnecessary X-rays in shoe shops were banned (2)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302792)

In the US, they used to take X-rays of people's feet at shoe stores until they figured out that all of those unnecessary x-rays were a bad idea.

http://www.museumofquackery.com/devices/shoexray.htm [museumofquackery.com]

So what makes Australia think that subjecting innocent people to X-rays that have no medical basis is a good idea? What happens to the poor schmucks to get picked frequently for these types of searches?

Closing the medical loophole (1)

Betaemacs (1737586) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302804)

Of course this is necessary, hospital examinations are expensive and you just know there are freeloaders who purchase cheap tickets and act all suspicious in order to qualify for the free hospital exam paid for by Uncle Sam. Now if the high-school drop out that is running the "scanner" sees a mass, he won't know that it's a tumor and the freeloader doesn't get something for nothing.

TSA? (1)

OhHellWithIt (756826) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302828)

Thanks to a new type of X-ray scanner unveiled in Australia, annoyed TSA agents won't have to send you to a hospital for a body cavity scan, they can do it in-house.

TFA is written in Australia and is about Australia. The Transportation Security Administration [tsa.gov] is a division of the USA government. (Or did we annex Australia and not tell anyone?)

Re:TSA? (1)

morcego (260031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303110)

Yeah, because the TSA won't be jumping into the bandwagon pretty soon, right ? They would never do something like that ...

little more radiation than a chest xray I believe (1)

k31bang (672440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302860)

Internal Cavity Search? Sounds like a CT scan. I do not want that can kind of radiation dose unless it's prescribed by a doctor. Farther more, it better be free, and the scan better be put into my medical records for base line purposes.

Re:little more radiation than a chest xray I belie (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303116)

CT scanners are slow. I would guess this is a plain old x-ray machine with a digital sensor and a new idiot-proof interface. Just insert suspect and press button. It might even do some colorisation to try to make things with non-fleshy absorbtion profiles stand out more. Basically just like one of those luggage scanners, except with a more carefully limited dose.

Easier usually equals "done more often" (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302948)

If it didn't involve a trip to the hospital you can bet it will be employed much more often. In the past I'm sure there were times the suspicion wasn't great enough for the hassle of transporting to the hospital. Now that it's easier the # of scans will go way up.

Would the people operating be trained medical professionals?

TFA mentions destruction of the results. Heck, if I just had my lifetime limit of full body scans reduced by 1 I'd demand a copy. Why should I have to endure, and pay for, another one after this at a visit to the doctor. Like having access to your medical records or FBI file, I'd want a copy of every intrusive scan they did of my body, on the spot. They're free to discard their copy, but I want mine.

Innocent Travelers? (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#35302960)

"Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said the scanners would also help innocent travelers"

We all know that after 9/11, there's no such thing as innocent travelers.
The terrorists won, common sense and freedom were lost.

Human dignity sold out for 27kg of drugs (1)

xednieht (1117791) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303004)

WTF is going on - really?

"Drug couriers captured by Australian authorities at airports last year were carrying a total of 27kg of drugs."

Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor, you sir are an ASSHOLE.

Re:Human dignity sold out for 27kg of drugs (1)

KingMotley (944240) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303480)

Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor

Wow the Aussies really do have something over the US. Are these home affairs an opt-in type of deal, or does your federal taxes pay for it. Lastly, can you deliver to the US?

Uh, How About Fuck Off and Die? (1)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303010)

I already don't fly because of the TSA. I will not condone their behavior by complying like a sheep. They are a profoundly un-American entity, and must be de-funded and dismantled with prejudice immediately. Anyone who has chosen to work for them has self-selected for a one-way ticket to North Korea where they can enjoy the totalitarian paradise they're so strenuously trying to impose on the rest of us. They are not Americans who choose to do this; they are not my countrymen.

TSA delenda est.

Re:Uh, How About Fuck Off and Die? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303108)

If you don't fly because you don't like being groped by a night-watchman school dropout, then the terrorists have won!

Not new, that's an AS&E Z-backscatter machine (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303038)

That's not new. That's a standard AS&E Z-backscatter scanner. [as-e.com] The first one was installed in the US at Sky Harbor Airport, Pheonix, AZ in 2007. As of 2010, there are about 68 US airport installations.

They're very expensive, bulky machines. AS&E just got a phase II R&D contract from Homeland Security to develop a smaller, more portable unit. That's hard, though. The technology requires that the detector be 90 degrees from the emitter, with respect to the target, so it sees the backscatter. That geometry is why the machines are so large.

Re:Not new, that's an AS&E Z-backscatter machi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303182)

The first one was installed in the US at Sky Harbor Airport, Pheonix, AZ in 2007.

I'm not sure where it was installed at because I've flown many times out of Phoenix since I moved here and didn't see ANY kind of scanner until the last time, in December 2010.

free healthcare... (1)

inkscapee (1994086) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303086)

...is now at airports. OK. Cool.

Re:free healthcare... (1)

rcnut (1840430) | more than 3 years ago | (#35303446)

Yes, I was just thinking it was time for my colonoscopy. Now I just have to figure out what's less expensive, the deductible on my insurance or a plane ticket.

A personal message from AC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303184)

As someone who has to fly in a few weeks, let me say this now:

FUCK YOU, AIRPORT SECURITY PEOPLE

Your job is pointless, you are mentally deficient, and I hate you.

Instead of feeling my cock, suck it instead.

They don't want people to fly (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35303352)

I know this is about Australia but it reminds me of what's going on in the USA. Considering the insanity the TSA has unleashed one might conclude that they have concluded that the only way to keep people safe from something happening on a plane is for them to be dissuaded against flying. If people don't fly then they don't have to worry about a terrorist hi-jacking their plane. Of course, it hurts an entire industry but people are safe. It's not like someone can destroy a building by driving a truck full of explosives into it. Oh wait, they tried that with the WTC and if memory serves, it was the placement of the truck that was off. Otherwise we might have x-ray scanners at toll booths instead of airports.

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