Here are the airports where the TSA has body scanners in place.
• Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
• Boston Logan International
• Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
• Boise Airport
• Bradley International Airport
• Buffalo Niagara International Airport
• Charlotte Douglas International
• Chicago O'Hare International
• Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
• Cleveland International Airport
• Corpus Christie Airport
• Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
• Denver International Airport
• Detroit Metro Airport
• Dulles International Airport
• El Paso International Airport
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
• Fort Wayne International Airport
• Fresno Airport
• Gulfport International Airport
• Grand Rapids Airport
• Harrisburg International Airport
• Harlingen/Valley International Airport
• Honolulu International Airport
• Indianapolis International Airport
• Jacksonville International Airport
• John F. Kennedy International Airport
• Kansas City International
• LaGuardia International Airport
• Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
• Laredo International Airport
• Lihue Airport
• Los Angeles International
• Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
• McAllen Miller Airport
• McCarran International Airport
• Memphis International Airport
• Miami International Airport
• General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
• Mineta San José International
• Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
• Nashville International Airport
• Newark Liberty International Airport
• Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
• Oakland International Airport
• Omaha Eppley Field Airport
• Orlando International Airport
• Palm Beach International Airport
• Philadelphia International Airport
• Phoenix International Airport
• Pittsburgh International Airport
• Port Columbus International
• Raleigh-Durham International Airport
• Richmond International Airport
• Rochester International Airport
• Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
• Salt Lake City International Airport
• San Antonio International Airport
• San Diego International Airport
• San Francisco International Airport
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
• Spokane International Airport
• T.F. Green Airport
• Tampa International Airport
• Tulsa International Airport
Solution: Set up multiple closed quarters which are narrow and long where everyone except the pilots (Hey, they can crash the planes if they really want to kill everyone, remember 911) will have to strip, place all clothing and whatever else they may have into a controlled gateway where another security expert along with tracing equipment can review everything they could possibly bring on board. This is done at one end. Now, only one person can watch this process and knowing that we all have very limited memory thinking that someone is seeing you nude is an issue that is very immaterial. The checkers will not be able to even remember it was you they saw when they have to look at another few hundred other people with the same physical attributes as you have each and every day. Once they can see that you are carrying nothing then they can hit a button which can bring your carry-on stuff, all of it which includes your clothing, and once your other stuff has been checked out have it brought back into the other end of your checkout chamber. This approach can work and be at a far lower cost as well as be faster as there can be a lot more of these inexpensive chambers created and even better these can cost a lost less than those complex data sharing chambers currently being used. Oh, one more thing. Remember, nudity was created by those gods. We were all born nude whether you like this fact or not and there is nothing you can do about that fact.
This is for Kyra Phillips. You say som percentage of the public agrees withn the serach procedures. Is it possible that the percentage of the people DON'FLY..... Thane You .
We are spending so much time focusing on the passengers what about the airport employes. TSA, airport staff do we not think they can be compromised. If we need to be subjected to these scanners why not them?
All the hoopla about the publics reaction to the upgraded security at the airports, I haven't heard anything about if and when our elustrious government officials are subject to the same searches.
I: believe you said 4 out of 5 people surveyed think the increased scanning/pat downs are a good idea. Of course it would be helpful to know what percentage of the population actually flies. Somehow it's always easier to inconvenience others... Nonetheless, I think this is a good idea that was poorly introduced and implemented.
2. If the scanners are not a health problem, then why not have all TSA employees and supervisors, and airport officials go through the scan/pat down before they start their workday? It might help convince a wary public.
Ed, I have heard the "health concern" argument. I am not in the medical field; however, I don't see what the difference between this and a regular Xray / MRI is. It is all some form of radiation.
If people are upset about this, then don't fly. I would rather have to suffer a little humility, knowing my flight is safe than be blown to smithereens thousands of feet up.
People who leave comments like "just drive" have a limited perspective. Many people travel as part of their job and if they refuse to fly, they will lose their jobs. So their choice isn't about flying or driving (you can't drive across the country in one day); its about whether to endure invasive screenings or to keep your job.
For the past six years myself and thousands of others who have implanted or artificial medical devices have had to not only endure these searches but endure rude gawking and sometimes even snickering from passengers who previously were able to cruise on through security. So let me get this right, it's okay for some people to get groped & have no rights,but it's not okay for everyone to be subjected to it. The point is if you want to fly from point A to point B you're going to have to suck it up and deal with it. It could be worse, you could actually be a TSA Security worker and have to deal with rude paranoid people who believe that you want nothing more than to "grope their junk."
Ali, here is the problem with the screenings. 1. The people that you cite such as the Christmas day bomber and most of the threats come from overseas. They originate overseas where the machines are not in place. 2. The GAO has said that there is questions if the machines would have caught the explosives that was in his underwear.
I have no problem with using technology or the pat-downs if they work but to do something just to say you are doing something and treating the general public as criminals is madness.
These procedures have nothing to do with the examples you are citing.
Why couldn't the security dept. set up a plan to issue cards for "Safe -background checked" travelers on planes – at a suitable price $25. or so – much like the US issues passports for travel? I know it needs to be tweeked a bit to work well; but it makes common sense to eliminate those passengers from body scans who could not cause a possible treat. Whatever happened to using a creative -sensible approach to solving problems.? As a 77 year old grandmother with a kindly face and gentle demeaner, I can't imagine someone thinking I could pose a problem – unless I was hypnotized. We have to wonder if the enemy hasn't already won by making us live in fear and disrupting our good old American life-style.
I am speaking out as a TSA officer, as there seems to be a lack pro-tsa representatives on the news. First, the threat of an attack is still very real, and I do my job with passenger safety as my top priority. Second, TSA has done their best job to provide efficient security, while protecting passenger rights and privacy. This is a hard balance, but we do our best. X-ray technology allows us to completely search luggage and people for hidden threat items, much faster and less invasive than a actual physical search. Third, the worst threat that can come through will be disguised. Anyone who watches the news has seen terrorist efforts to artfully conceal explosives in shoes, beverage bottles, and printer cartridges, etc. Thus, TSA ends up having to search allot of innocent items, to make sure there is no possibility of a hidden threat. Allot of passengers fail to make this connection and think we are silly for inspecting toothpaste and shoes. I have dedicated myself to this career to keep people safe, all I ask for in return is a few minutes of your time. Thank you
Kyra, this is not directly about scanners or pat-downs, but about the TSA in general. Every day in airports across America there is a recorded message that plays over the loud speaker about every 5 minutes or so. It says something like this: "Due to increased flight security regulations, passengers may now carry liquids and gels only in containers WEIGHING 3 OZ OR LESS". I am appalled that the TSA spends all day every day enforcing a safety regulation that they themselves obviously do not even understand!!! Anyone who knows how to bake knows that ounces by weight are different than fluid ounces. I have mentioned this to officials at various airports around the country and they all just smile, shrug their shoulders . I'm just sayin' . . . .
A PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP FREEDOMS FOR SAFETY WILL HAVE NEITHER! They've already shown that the man with the plastics in his underwear would get through both this scan and the full body search, aka "pat down". What makes anyone think that trading more of our freedoms for this will make us any more secure. We were told many years ago when airport security was taken over by our government that we would be safe. Did it work??? Laugh, laugh, laugh. It has failed test after test after test. But, take Isreal. They probably have more need for high security than anyone in the world, yet they don't have these scanners and full body invasive searches...they have hired Intelligence Officers...not more minimum wage earners on the government dole...and these officers have no problem finding those that are a risk to flying safety. Check it out. Don't believe the lies. Next it will be at the subway, trainstation, bus station....the mall, school, public sports arenas, etc. Laugh if you want....mark my words...If you take this willingly you will be taking it everywhere soon. Do people in country's who control the movements of all of their people think this is a trivial step? They will tell you NO! Run from this.
I am over 60, female, and have 2 total knee replacements, plus a titanium plate in my head. I fly a lot and always get the pat down. But, you know, I don't care if the TSA uses the new xray technology on me. Since 9/11 everything has changed and we need to do everything to keep the skies safe. Our enemies will continue to adapt their attack techniques to get around our safety procedures. If you don't like the safety procedures then go live in a cave and not be part of the real world. But do not speak for me! And I do believe that we might learn a bit from Elal. Terrorism has been at their front door forever. Anyway, I look forward to being scanned. At least someone will be concerned with my "junk". That will be a nice change!
How would being scanned or patted down by a private security
company be any different from the TSA. If they get rid of the TSA
those same people will just be hired by private companies since
they already have the training and experience. Same people,
different name on the company.
We as Americans need to stop whining about "rights" and "privacy" and get it through our collective heads that this is *necessary* for *security*. I will admit that I don't care for having some total stranger putting their hands on me, but I will make myself put up with it for the sake of my fellow passengers, who deserve to know that I am not some psychotic terrorist out to blow them up. @Julie: if we don't have security, what else matters?
here's some fodder for thought: our own government let this happen to us, it is their incompetency that put us in this situation. our former president and the cia allowed 9/11 to occur.
we bite the apple in the garden of eden, and now we need privacy. it is also our fault. a portion of the population does not want to see others nude. the other has to go to specialty stores to see individuals in all sorts of depraved ways.
it isn't just a gun getting through the airport that made that fateful day happen to us. it was the MINDS of terrorist who are able to outthink americans too consumed with what they covet. the red tape and policies that way us down do not do so to those that wish to harm us.
what folks against scanning and pat downs are really asking for is not a more lax security, but a way that does without invading personal rights to privacy or causing humiliation.
the terrorist, indeed, are laughing at us. the are rolling over in fits.
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