Nov. 15, 2012
Wired.com reports today
A company that supplies controversial passenger-screening machines for U.S. airports is under suspicion for possibly manipulating tests on privacy software designed to prevent the machines from producing graphic body images.
The Transportation Security Administration sent a letter Nov. 9 to the parent company of Rapiscan, the maker of backscatter machines, requesting information about the testing of the software to determine if there was malfeasance.
. . .The vendor has denied any wrongdoing.
“At no time did Rapiscan falsify test data or any information related to this technology or the test,” Peter Kant, an executive vice president with the company, told Bloomberg.
As I opined last fall when OKC’s Will Rogers Airport announced that they were getting the naked body scanners but assured the public that these scanners wire the new and improved not-so-naked, naked body scanners, “Really, do official assurances of anything mean anything after so many of them have turned out to be lies?”
Lies, are otherwise known in the industry as “calculation errors”
It’s not the first time Rapiscan has been at the center of testing problems with the machines. The company previously had problems with a “calculation error” in safety tests that showed the machines were emitting radiation levels that were 10 times higher than expected. Read more
One bit of good news for those who fly out of Will Rogers Airport and don’t mind public nudity of the purported cartoonized variety or the possible radiation risks in exchange for a little security theater, Will Rogers uses the L3 software to soften your naughty bits, not Rapiscan. L3 has not been caught ‘miscalculating’, at least not yet.
Of course a recent poll showed that a third of those questioned would be willing to submit to a TSA body cavity search so this is all probably much ado about nothing anyways.