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Millimeter wave technology produces whole body images (woman at left, man at right) that reveal what's under your clothes, including Metallic or non-metallic devices and objects are displayed.

Remember those scanners from Total Recall? The kind that could see through your clothes and detect if someone is carrying something they shouldn’t? The future is getting closer and that has a few people worried about privacy.

L3 Communications is testing new Millimeter Wave (MMW) technology scanners at six airports around the country, with up to twenty airports planning to start using MMW technology later this year. Unlike the Total Recall’s “just walk right through” scanners, passengers still must remove jackets, metal items, and shoes and step into a small glass chamber. Sensors take about 3min to read the energy coming off the human body and can detect if there is anything that shouldn’t be on the person.

Even though the faces of passengers are blurred out and the technology does not allow printing or storing in anyway, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that this technology is too intrusive, showing catheters, underwear, and other non-natural items under a person’s cloths. Not to mention that it quite easily shows the curves of the person’s body which can be seen on the image with this blog.

 At this point it is being offerred by the TSA as an alternative to a traditional pat-down search. The TSA states that more than 99% of passengers given the choice are choosing the MMW technology, but I wonder if they know what the scan is doing. Passengers might think it is like the “sniffing scanner” which is mostly harmless.

Although the concept of this seems like a smart idea, actually seeing the images produced would make me feel uncomfortable being scanned with a MMW scanner. If you get a pat-down you can see the person and know they are being professional. How does one know what a TSA agent is doing with the images they are seeing via MMW in their “remote location.” Although images cannot be recorded, what stops someone from taking photos of the screen? I love technology and would hate to hinder the evolution of Total Recall type scanners. I think if people are informed what the scan fully entails (ie maybe have an example picture next to the scanners) and are given this as a choice, then I think this technology can work and keep people safe.

Thanks Jessica for the tip!

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Man with pigeons in his pants

Man with pigeons in his pants

What silly things people will try to get on flights. While traveling to the Middle East there are all sorts of fun things people can pick up. One man tried to smuggle two pigeons — in his pants!

The 23-yr old traveler raised suspicions by having two eggs in a container. After a full search they found two pigeons — in his pants!

Even though smuggling of wildlife can carry at $70,000.00+ fine and 10 years in jail, but I would imagine that to be a bit much in this case.

The odd thing (well I guess a few odd things in this one) is they weren’t even endangered.

Source: AP Image: AP 

americaneagle_08-19-08-thumb-400x267You might think because TSA grounded nine planes they must have some threat to our national security. Or maybe they found them to be unsafe to fly. Nope. It is because the TSA agents doing a security check used some control sensors to help themselves onto the planes — breaking them.

“Our inspector was following routine procedure for securing the aircraft that were on the tarmac,” Elio Montenegro, a TSA official, told

What I don’t get is if these are supposed to be security experts inspecting an aircraft, shouldn’t they know what the parts on an aircraft do? If they can’t even know what parts are critical (and not handholds) how can we trust that anything they are looking at is worthwhile? And not to mention this happened not to one or two planes, but nine.

Source: ABC News via Image: Radio Rover