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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.