Saturday, December 02, 2006

I’m looking through you and you’re nowhere

Damn! I thought I had dibs on the X-Ray Specs deal, but TBogg must not have gotten my memo. The bastard, he beat me to it:

Sky Harbor International Airport here will test a new federal screening system that takes X-rays of passenger's bodies to detect concealed explosives and other weapons.

The technology, called backscatter, has been around for several years but has not been widely used in the U.S. as an anti-terrorism tool because of privacy concerns.

The Transportation Security Administration said it has found a way to refine the machine's images so that the normally graphic pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still being effective in detecting bombs and other threats.

Sez Tom:
Here you see an example of the full x-ray scan of radio host and professional nitwit, Hugh Hewitt

(Correction: I have it on good authority that the above pic is actually Dennis Prager.)

The article goes on:

Some say the high-resolution images - which clearly depict the outline of the passenger's body, plus anything attached to it, such as jewelry - are too invasive.

But the TSA said the X-rays will be set up so that the image can be viewed only by a security officer in a remote location. Other passengers, and even the agent at the checkpoint, will not have access to the picture.

In addition, the system will be configured so that the X-ray will be deleted as soon as the individual steps away from the machine. It will not be stored or available for printing or transmitting, agency spokesman Nico Melendez said.

That's nice, because we don't want this picture circulating the internets: