How to Sneak Guns and Razor Blades Straight Through TSA Body Scanners, According to Some Guy

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​An anti-TSA blogger from Miami Beach announced yesterday that he'd defeated the Transportation Security Administration's controversial "nude body scanners" by simply sewing a pocket onto the side of his shirt -- and that he tested his terror-pocket at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The weakness, he said, is in how the images are displayed -- on the screen, people are light-colored and metal objects show up black. The problem? Black is also the background of the image, so if you're looking at an image of someone from the front and back, metal on the person's sides might not show up.


So, he says, he stuffed a small metal case into a little armpit pocket and walked through a Fort Lauderdale body scanner -- and nobody cared.

"While I carried the metal case empty," he said, "it could have easily been filled with razor blades, explosives, or one of Charlie Sheen's infamous 7-gram rocks of cocaine. With a bigger pocket, perhaps sewn on the inside of the shirt, even a firearm could get through."

A call to the TSA's after-hours media line late Tuesday was returned by duty officer Jon Allen, who said, "I'm not sure this fits into the breaking news category" and directed me to call a Miami TSA contact in the morning.

Jonathan Corbett runs a blog called "TSA Out of Our Pants!" that appears to have a large following -- his post had dozens of comments an hour after posting, and the video had hundreds of views. He appears to take glee in causing a spectacle by flouting well-established security measures he happens to disagree with -- though he knows exactly how it works, for example, he blogged about getting kicked out of Southwest Florida International Airport last week after refusing to consent to a pat-down. He used the "don't touch my junk" line, and, after what sounds like a very long time to be distracted from actual security threats, a cop booted him.

It's the same scenario that he says went down last August in Fort Lauderdale -- he opted out of the body scan in favor of a pat-down. The TSA agent explained the pat-down, and Jon basically just said, "Nope, don't touch my balls." He calls it the "double opt-out" -- authorities call it "get the hell out of the airport, moron."

Breaking news -- you have to go through security even if Rand Paul told you it was unconstitutional. This video, however, might effect actual change.

"I'm sure the TSA will accuse me of aiding the terrorists by releasing this video, but it's beyond belief that the terrorists haven't already figured this out and are already plotting to use this against us," he said. "It's also beyond belief that the TSA did not already know everything I just told you and arrogantly decided to disregard our safety."

He noted early Tuesday that he sent an advance copy of his post to authorities.

"The TSA is worse than ineffective," he says in the video. "They are an epic fail placing us all in danger."



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Skywalker
Skywalker

Did the TSA ask you not to report on this video? Apparently they did that with some other reporters.

Davepub
Davepub

Great job. This system was a bribe for votes. Americans, we need to make the government start to answer to us again. It is so far out of control. If you aren't afraid, you have no idea what is going on.

Outland10
Outland10

Plain walkthrough metal detectors (WTMD) are more effective than these $1B insider-deal tech toys. Let's get rid of these porno/radiation machines once and for all. Get rid of groping. WTMD, wanding for any alarms, and the use of canine patrols at the airport are all that are needed.

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

dont you aho who are defending this jackoff realize that perhaps some terrorists are reading this right now

Sergio Michel
Sergio Michel

Hey Rich, nice article. Yes, it's Unconstitutional. Fight 'em kid! :)-The Serge

Fisher1949
Fisher1949

Germany banned the scanners because they generated too manyfalse positives and required unnecessary pat downs. This isn't an improvementjust further government invasion of our privacy and erosion of our rights.

 

Due to a 54% false positive approximately half of thoseusing the scanners receive some form of pat down, adding 8 to 30 seconds to theprocess. Further, the scanners to detect hidden items 44% of the time, most of whichwould have been detected using  the metaldetector as the primary screening device. Almost all of the items found by TSAin 2011 were found using the x-ray belt and walk through metal detectors, notthe scanners.

 

They also claimed the images were suitable for ReadersDigest last year until the privacy software was installed on the millimeterwave systems.. In August Denver TSA area director Pat Ahlstrom, said the scans" were graphic, no doubt about it." The MMW scanners still producethe naked image but TSA has added a software overlay to hide the image shown tothe public. The Rapi-Scan units will continue to produce the naked image.

 

Neither system has been demonstrated to be more effectivethan the metal detectors, which still are the predominant weapons detectionused in airports. It is disturbing that a government agency would sacrificepassenger privacy and put their health at risk to protect privatemanufacturers’ profits. There is clearly an implication of corruption in thedeployment of the scanners, which bears further investigation by Congress.

 

Remember that TSA isn’t paying for the scanners and abuse, taxpayersare, to the tune of $8 billion a year. Consequently, taxpayers are also paying TSAto strip search old women, grope children and harass them at checkpoints.

 

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FQS9000
FQS9000

TSA = Badge heavy, useless jerks.

Every time I go thru airport security, I whistle the Elvis song, "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog", because the TSA has never caught a terrorist and they god damn sure aren't friends of mine.

Jason Howard
Jason Howard

wow, I like the style of this guy, looks cool. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Ha!

I like this guy's style.

Too bad they're gonna waterboard the motherfucker gently persuade him to write poetry.

Give 'em hell kid.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Post a sign that states, "There are no legal penalties for passengers who kill jerks who attempt an armed seizure of an airplane."

Feed any jerk who attempts to hijack a plane to a herd of pigs and then feed the pigs to any other terrorists who are in jail.  That will take all the jihadist glory out of hijacking. 

Skywalker
Skywalker

This was a known vulnerability and information about it was publicly available. Terrorists don't have to watch this guys video to know about it. 

TSA violates human rights
TSA violates human rights

you should not blindly follow the TSA ordering you into the radioactive naked body scanners! 99.99999999% of people flying will do nothing wrong so why violate their civil rights and expose them to radiation?p.s.all the cleaning crews, food vendors and such do not go threw the screening they just go straight out to the gates! how hard would it be to get a job at the airport and bypass the security?the tsa is just security theatre and has out lived its usefulness and has grown into an out of control government burrecracy!

Freedom
Freedom

 You best believe they already knew. Your dealing with extremist groups dedicated to intelligence gathering and war fare. To think for a second they do not already know is naive. Do not forget that the U.S. is the terrorists. They haunt declared war since ww2 so every war since then was illegal and falls under high treason.The only reason we are hated is because our Government invades other countries for financial and political gain.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Nice try, alias of dude who made the video

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

all it takes is one wannabe who isnt to bright and not into the web

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