Animated Version Of TSA Naked Scans And Gropings

from the must-see-tv dept

With all the recent stories of questionable TSA searches of people who opt out of both the TSA naked backscatter scanners and a personal groping by a TSA agent, it really was only a matter of time until the famed Taiwanese news animators NMA stepped up with an animated recreation, which I would say… um… takes some poetic licenses with the story — especially when it comes to the availability of a private search area for the grope. That said, it covers the story of the “don’t touch my junk” guy (and shows picketers with a sign saying that), as well as a planned protest of the machines for November 24th, one of the biggest travel days of the year.

Among the more amusing bits are a prediction of all naked flights (on which the people all seem way too happy) and terrorists laughing at our new security measures.

Meanwhile, for those of us in the US (I know, I know, don’t blame me, blame Viacom), you can watch Stephen Colbert’s take on the TSA security mess, involving “x-raying your x-rated parts,” along with noting that it appears the company making most of these devices, Rapiscan, hopefully is not pronounced “rape-iscan”:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
TSA Full-Body Scanners – Jeffrey Goldberg

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Shane says:

I’m seeing (no I’m not making this up) a still image from what appears to be a porn flick (she’s doing something on top of a naked guy, with two “cops” looking on). When you press play (hey, I thought maybe it did have something to do with the new TSA procedures) you get a clip from a Futurama episode where the aliens have taken over the earth. O_o
(the whole thing is oddly symbolic in many ways…)

Anonymous Coward says:

DHS "Approved Five Pack Privacy Brief and Radiation Shield

I don’t really know what to make of this:

“Brief Shield DHS 5 Pack”
*Five Fun Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue
*Support homeland security color coordinate with the “Threat Level” Color of the day!
*Visit to check current DHS recommended travel color.

It seems to scream “Hey Pull me aside for secondary screening”

Howard the Duck (profile) says:

No stats on lives saved... yet

Quit with the “groping” and naked scans. Just shut it down. We don’t need no stinkin’ TSA. To be a passenger on a plane will equal a bungee jump with no bungee cord inspection. Adrenalin rush!!

What does one suggest we do to stop someone with a bomb sewn into their underwear? Just ask? Use the honor system? How about separate flights for those refusing the “grope” or scan? Let them all fly together, then we can gather some statistics on lives saved.

Anonymous Coward says:

The "business" of anti-terrorism

The question is what will these companies invent, manufacture, and contribute to congress members campaigns next?

The fact that there exists a private “anti-terrorism” industry should be concerning. An industry whose sole purpose is to profit on fear is exactly why the Tea Party was so successful this last run. Think about this- Do you think these companies stock will go up if terrorism is declared “won”?

Here are the major manufacturers/models are these companies.

*American Science and Engineering (device name: Smartcheck)
*Rapiscan Systems (a subsidiary of OSI Systems Inc.) (device name: Secure 1000)
*Tek84/SAIC (formerly Spectrum San Diego Inc.) (device name: AIT84 Body Scanner & Castscope)
* Level3 or L3 is a Fourth manufacturer of X-Ray machines called “ProVision”. L3 also made a number of political contributions in the last few election cycles.

DogBreath says:

Re: Finding humor means you've *accepted* the new level of tyranny.

Not necessarily acceptance. IMHO it’s just another be a way of pointing out the galling absurdity of the situation, and to possibly garner a wider audience that may never even look at regular news. For others a way to cope with terrible truths we are now faced with in this farce of security theater vs. violations of basic human rights and dignity.

Anonymous Coward says:

It occurs to me that we can completely do away with these scanners through a very simple process.

We need to purchase one. Then we find out what explosive materials can be easily hidden from the device and how. Then publish this information everywhere. All of a sudden, the devices no longer serve a purpose, because everyone who wants to get a bomb on a plane knows how to circumvent them.

Mojo says:

Lest we forget...

The infamous “underwear bomber” was a male travelling alone on a one way ticket paid for with cash.

This set of circumstances is supposed to raise red flags and get this person singled out for additional screening. Had this happened, he would not have made it on board.

THIS was the biggest failure of the day, that no one along the chain – from check in people to security – red flagged this guy.

So, in a sense, it is true that if a ill-meaning person makes it to the screening machine, the system has failed.

I think the x-ray machine is fine and people who object to it are either far too paranoid or simply seeking attention, but really more focus should be placed on the idiots behind the wheel.

Really? A one way ticket paid for with cash didn’t raise a few eyebrows?

THAT’S the scary part – that people like this are in charge of our security.

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