TSA Response to Viral Body Scanner Video Not Actually a Response

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An anti-TSA blogger from Miami Beach posted a YouTube video last night claiming he defeated Transportation Security Administration body scanners at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by sewing an extra pocket onto the side of his shirt. His explanation is convincing (check out the earlier post for details and the video), but the whole thing seems too obvious to actually be a flaw in an aviation security system that cost almost $4.8 billion last year.

But the TSA responded today... and didn't say the man was wrong.

Here's the relevant piece of the statement emailed to the Pulp from TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein:
The video is a crude attempt to allegedly show how to circumvent TSA screening procedures. For obvious security reasons, we can't discuss our technology's detection capability in detail, however TSA conducts extensive testing of all screening technologies in the laboratory and at airports prior to rolling them out the field. Imaging technology has caught many items large and small, and is one of the most effective tools available to detect metallic and non-metallic items, such as the greatest threat to aviation, explosives.
Yes, it was a "crude attempt," and it's not unreasonable that they "can't discuss our technology's detection capability in detail," but how about some kind of refutation? A Bill Clinton-caliber nondenial denial.

"Blogger Bob," the TSA's online writer, posted the same statement on the TSA's website without any substantial additions -- he did, however, replace the word explosives with "you know... things that go BOOM."

Both statements avoid the main question, which is whether a gap this embarrassingly obvious was really uncovered by a man who likes making a scene at airports because he doesn't want anyone to touch his balls.

Blogger Bob also blogged that "we've never claimed it's the end all be all" and that there are 19 other layers of security -- we can only hope they're less questionable than these machines.

But at least some of them are working: According to Blogger Bob, security discovered three loaded handguns in carry-on luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International in a single week last month.

I sent a list of questions over to the TSA (including one about whether this blogger is going to jail for anything) but received only the generic statement; I sent them again to make sure they wouldn't answer any and was told I'd been given "our complete statement."


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FQS9000
FQS9000

When the TSA goons and airline weasels go thru the scanners everyday, then they might be safe.  Until then the TSA can fondle my junk.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Crude attempt?

As opposed to some dipshit trying to light his Chuck Taylor's on fire...  That's high tech?

Suggestion:  Get some hot chicks in the pat down department. Hell, I'd even throw $50 if there's a happy ending before my flight to Sheboygan. 

TSA band of THUGS
TSA band of THUGS

the TSA is an out of control civil rights violating band of thugs!the radioactive naked body scanners are going to be removed in the next year or two! the TSA can only deny the truth about how dangerous these machines are for humans for so long! this guy has shown that they don't even work! remember the explosive puffing machines the TSA used for a couple years around 2006, they just dissapeared too! (they did not work either but at least they were not radioactive and violate civil rights and human diginty)

TSAisTerrorism
TSAisTerrorism

Bravo to Mr. Corbett for uncovering this horrible elephant in the room. While Blogger Boob does correctly point out that loaded guns were caught in carry on luggage, this statement in no way proves, and yet he tries to by implication, that the whole body imagers now proven to be ineffective would have. And really, Mr. Abdill? It's so unreasonable that we don't want strangers touching our balls? How pathetically embarrassing that you seem to think protesting public genital fondling is somehow "quaint". TSA has far outlived its usefullness.

Drontil
Drontil

Blogger Bob should have been relieved of his duties long ago.  It is now imperative that the TSA find someone who has the skills of an adult to write blog posts.  The response to Jon Corbett was disgraceful.

Outland10
Outland10

$4.8B last year. That's all? Such easily defeated scanners and no planes fell from the sky? Why don't we please get rid of these porn image/radiation-producing scanners and go with the straight metal detectors instead? No groping. Use some extra wanding when metal is detected. Use some random canine patrols for non-metal items and voila, we're done. For MUCH less money and no extra humiliation. TSA is a joke.

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