The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.
TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews.
If you remember we were told that these images did not reveal details that would be considered "pornographic" to a reasonable person. Well, then why did they terminate the contract and are they removing the scanners, if the reason was that they couldn't fix the images displayed to not be explicit?
The problem with these sorts of devices is that they don't prevent circumvention (e.g. bribery.)
Nor do they prevent people from getting on planes without valid Passports and Visas, which if you remember was the case with the "underwear bomber" that set all of this fury off in the first place.
Nobody has answered the obvious question yet: How did this jackass get on the plane without valid documents? How did he get through security in the first instance, and why was the plane cleared into US airspace without verification that all the people on board had valid travel documents when it is a fact that passenger manifests are transmitted to the US Government before the plane is cleared into US airspace?
If you can't be bothered to make sure someone has a document then so-called "physical security" is a joke.
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