TSA Response to Viral Body Scanner Video Not Actually a Response
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.
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.
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