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Less revealing screening coming to RDU

Posted July 20, 2011

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— New software at Raleigh-Durham International Airport's security checkpoints will provide screening without invading travelers' privacy, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

The TSA is installing the Automated Target Recognition software on the imaging machines at RDU and 39 other airports nationwide in the coming weeks.

The software replaces the exact image of a passenger's body with a generic outline of a person and indicates the location of a weapon or other potential threat on the body, officials said. Additional screening would be done whenever a threat is detected.

Many passengers objected to the images on the screening machines as too revealing, choosing instead to submit to pat-downs by TSA personnel.

Instead of showing the image to a TSA screener located in a separate room, the new system also will display the generic image to both the passenger and a security officer nearby.

"TSA constantly strives to explore and implement new technologies that enhance security and strengthen privacy protections for the traveling public,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement.

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  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 22, 2011

    "Voice of Reason: Duh, where were you on 9/11? How soon some forget. There are many good reasons for the way security at airports is conducted. There is a Greyhound terminal in Raleigh that will be more than happy to sell you a ticket and you can stroll on without going thru a TSA checkpoint. "

    Yes, and the terrorists at 9/11 were wielding box cutters. It was failure to follow the procedures that they had at that time that let them through. It did not indicate a need for a knee jeerk (ms for stupid filter) reaction to add many more levels of security, which are mostly very poorly thought out. I can't cary a half open bottle of coke which I am drinking from, though security, but I can carry a footlong hero right through.

    BTW - if you want to have random draconian rules without much gain in actual security, there are plenty of dictatorships you can go move to. I believe I'll stay and work to keep my country free, instead.

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 21, 2011

    "If you want to fly, you will do what the TSA tells you to do..."

    YOUR PAPERS PLEASE!

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 21, 2011

    More "feel good" security, with little benefit, other than further empowering the newest Fed Cop Department.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 21, 2011

    KeepingItReelinNC and JustAName...

    KeepingItReel: I'm a statistician and may understand statistics and probability better than you... unless you are also a statistician. A question to which there is no answer... would the relative percentages you cited be different today if - follwing 9/11 - we had made no changes, implemented no increase in security for air travel? That they would be different is a very reasonable expectation. Bringing down a plane via an act of terrorism is a DELIBERATE act, executed intentionally with planning by specific individuals. If people "hell bent" on killing Americans find a successful, "no barriers", way of doing that... they will use it - REPEATEDLY!!! That is considerably different than some of the things from which you indicate Americans die.

    JustAName: regarding "profiling" as used in some other countries - I am all for it! As Americans we are "so afraid" of the "profiling" word that we avoid it like the plague. Profiling, properly used, is NOT bad

  • soyousay Jul 21, 2011

    People are now having devices surgically implanted

    yet more internet junk...

  • soyousay Jul 21, 2011

    Duh, where were you on 9/11?--chatty

    brillant and insightful as is the pokey comment---which by the way, contrary to your impression...people are not hauled away to prisions or pokeys as you say, for questioning the absolute failure of this to keep us safe.

  • soyousay Jul 21, 2011

    I would actually feel much safer if everyone that got on a plane had to have a body screening.
    chattycat

    so I take it you are for higher legions of radialogists to read the scans

  • chattycat Jul 21, 2011

    Voice of Reason: Duh, where were you on 9/11? How soon some forget. There are many good reasons for the way security at airports is conducted. There is a Greyhound terminal in Raleigh that will be more than happy to sell you a ticket and you can stroll on without going thru a TSA checkpoint. BTW, what is TST?

  • Voice of Reason 23 Jul 21, 2011

    "Voice of Reason: If you want to fly, you will do what the TSA tells you to do regardless of how I feel or how you feel about your "constitutional rights". Otherwise, you will find yourself in the pokey!"

    That's exactly why we work to change the laws to either provide actual safety with minimal or no loss of liberties, versus just trying to run through TST checkpoints onto a plane.
    Duh

  • chattycat Jul 21, 2011

    Voice of Reason: If you want to fly, you will do what the TSA tells you to do regardless of how I feel or how you feel about your "constitutional rights". Otherwise, you will find yourself in the pokey!

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