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Surprise! Rapiscan: A little more nekked than they said we were

Kaye Beach

Nov. 15, 2012

Wired.com reports today

Maker of Airport Body Scanners Suspected of Falsifying Software Tests

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.


TSA, FDA, Lobbyists and Naked Scanners-Welcome to Radiation Nation

Kaye Beach

Nov. 4, 2011


. . .the first report to trace the history of the scanners and document the gaps in regulation that allowed them to avoid rigorous safety evaluation.

. . .

Because of a regulatory Catch-22, the airport X-ray scanners have escaped the oversight required for X-ray machines used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. The reason is that the scanners do not have a medical purpose, so the FDA cannot subject them to the rigorous evaluation it applies to medical devices.


A classic example of giving an inch and they take a mile and how lobbyists can grease the skids of congress.

From Pro Publica published Nov. 1, 2011

U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

On Sept. 23, 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts gathered at a Hilton hotel in Maryland to evaluate a new device that could detect hidden weapons and contraband. The machine, known as the Secure 1000, beamed X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing.

One after another, the experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit.

“I think this is really a slippery slope,” said Jill Lipoti, who was the director of New Jersey’s radiation protection program. The device was already deployed in prisons; what was next, she and others asked — courthouses, schools, airports? “I am concerned … with expanding this type of product for the traveling public,” said another panelist, Stanley Savic, the vice president for safety at a large electronics company. “I think that would take this thing to an entirely different level of public health risk.”

The machine’s inventor, Steven W. Smith, assured the panelists that it was highly unlikely that the device would see widespread use in the near future. At the time, only 20 machines were in operation in the entire country.

“The places I think you are not going to see these in the next five years is lower-security facilities, particularly power plants, embassies, courthouses, airports and governments,” Smith said. “I would be extremely surprised in the next five to 10 years if the Secure 1000 is sold to any of these.

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UK-Civil Rights Group Halts State Sponsored Nudie Pics of Minors

Manchester the Molester???

Airport stops scans on children

The scanners have been banned for use on children until the law is clarified

Security staff at Manchester Airport have been banned from using new “see-through” security scanners on passengers aged under 18.

The full-body scans, unveiled earlier this month in Terminal 2, are aimed at revealing hidden weapons or explosives, but also show people’s bodies.

A civil rights group believes the scans could breach laws protecting children

The scans have been temporarily stopped for young people while legal advice is sought, said the airport.

Action on Rights for Childen (Arch) claim the Rapiscan equipment could break the Protection of Children Act 1978, under which it is illegal to create an indecent image of a child.

This is an issue of law and like everyone Manchester Airport must obey that law

Terri Dowty, director of Arch

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said it was a “grey area” but until the law was clarified under those aged under 18 would face only conventional security checks.

The spokeswoman added: “We certainly aren’t going to break any laws in the process of trying to improve the experience of security at Manchester Airport with a voluntary trial.

“If these experts tell us that there might be a problem then we’ll work with them to establish a definitive position.”