Guy Builds an X-Ray Backscatter Machine in His Garage, Doesn't Have To…

When most people tackle DIY projects related to airports, it's usually some kind of over-the-top commercial airline simulator. But not Ben Krasnow He took a decidedly different approach by building his own X-ray backscatter machine using various parts found on eBay. » 11/28/12 8:41am 11/28/12 8:41am

Is It Really This Easy to Fool a TSA Body Scanner? (UPDATED)

It's not every day that we see something as scary as this. Those fancy, expensive, TSA body scanners that blast you with radiation and can see you naked in the name of security? It would seem it's easier to slip things past them than metal detectors. » 3/07/12 11:25am 3/07/12 11:25am

EU Bans Airport X-Ray Machines

"Backscatter" X-ray machines, which bombard your body with radiation at the airport, are a subject of controversy in the US. Not in Europe, Mother Jones reports—the machines are now banned throughout the entire EU over cancer risks. Good. » 11/16/11 1:51pm 11/16/11 1:51pm

TSA to Debut Scanning Software that Won't Reveal Your Naked Body to the…

If you're going to be bombarded by radiation before boarding a flight, you shouldn't have to bear the extra insult of also having your birthday suit exposed in the process. The TSA's scanning software just got a censorship patch! » 7/20/11 4:06pm 7/20/11 4:06pm

This Lady Made A DIY TSA-Like Body Scanner

Jeri Ellsworth probably saw all the fun the TSA was having with their scanners and decided, 'hey, maybe I can build my own'. And by hacking a satellite dish to act as her backscatter and centimeter wave scanner, she did. » 12/04/10 2:00pm 12/04/10 2:00pm

Fliers Claim TSA Have Deactivated Body Scanners [Updated]

According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all, making opting out impossible. We've asked DHS/TSA for comment, but you can help us confirm. » 11/24/10 3:19pm 11/24/10 3:19pm

National Opt-Out Day Is A Bust, Says TSA

According to the TSA's "Blogger Bob," basically nobody is choosing to opt out of the advance screening at airports across the country despite "National Opt-Out Day". Some airports report zero opt-outs. So much for the uprising. [] » 11/24/10 12:32pm 11/24/10 12:32pm

Exclusive: TSA Says Body Scanners Saving Images 'Impossible'

Can the body scanners used by the TSA save images? It seems unreasonable to geeks that a computer cannot save any images at all—ever. But according to a statement made to Gizmodo by the TSA, that's the case. » 11/22/10 1:20pm 11/22/10 1:20pm

Here's A List of US Airports Currently Using Full Body Scanners

According to the TSA, there are currently 385 full body scanners in 68 different US airports. Check to see if your local airport is using these scanners to sneak a peak at your goodies. » 11/20/10 2:00pm 11/20/10 2:00pm

TSA Forces Cancer Survivor Flight Attendant to Pull Out Prosthetic…

Flight attendant and cancer survivor Cathy Bossi goes through a body scanner, despite not wanting to expose herself to radiation. She's taken back to a screening area for further examination. A TSA agent gropes her and asks, "What is this?" » 11/19/10 5:20pm 11/19/10 5:20pm

A Message From a TSA Full-Body Scanner

There's been quite a bit of scuttlebutt in the press and amongst the civil liberties crowd about what we—myself and my fellow full-body scanners—are coming to your airports to do. What is our real purpose? It's measuring penises. » 11/18/10 8:00pm 11/18/10 8:00pm

Junk Security: ‘Naked Scanners’ Won’t Keep Us Safe

In May, Transportation Security Administration screener Rolando Negrin pummeled a co-worker with his government-issued baton. The feud began, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report, after Mr. Negrin's training session with one of the agency's whole-body imagers. » 11/17/10 11:52am 11/17/10 11:52am

Airline Pilots Fight Against TSA Body Scans Too

Not only individuals are standing up against TSA's body scans and practices, but the most powerful pilot union in the world is fighting them too, according to this ALPA security alert sent by a Continental pilot. Napolitano's enemy list keeps growing. » 11/17/10 11:40am 11/17/10 11:40am

One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans

At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images. » 11/16/10 11:00am 11/16/10 11:00am

Z Portal Strip Searches Cars at the Border, Is No Tunnel of Love

You know the recently deployed airport scanners that see through your clothes and show your bits 'n' pieces to some dude supposedly in a locked closet? Called backscatter, the tech been re-jiggered into a portal that cars crossing the border will have to drive through, allowing border agents to search your car… » 10/18/08 12:45pm 10/18/08 12:45pm