Wednesday, September 1, 2010

San Diego Airport peep show: 50,000 bodies per day

Workers at Lindbergh Field have begun installing the full-body scanners inside Terminal One.

The scanners, which are being placed in 11 airports across the country by the end of the year, are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Transportation officials will be demonstrating the technology in San Diego on Tuesday.

The scanners use low-level x-rays to detect any type of hidden weapons or explosives - metallic or non-metallic.

The machines allow security officials to look underneath the clothing of passengers, producing a three-dimensional black-and-white image that reveals detailed outlines of every body part. Screeners view the images from a remote, enclosed area.

In addition to Lindbergh Field, the scanners are or will be installed at airports in Los Angeles; San Jose; Oakland; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Kansas City; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C.

Even though the faces of passengers are blurred, some passenger rights advocates say the body scan could be too revealing and even upsetting to travelers.

The idea just doesn't sit right with Barbara Blackshear of Mission Valley. "I don't like the idea that anyone can just see through me and just see me," she said. "It really doesn't feel right."

Alvin Blackshear however said he feels the invasion of privacy is worth the end result. "I think it's a trade off essentially for better security," he said.

via Full-Body Scanners Installed at Lindbergh Field | NBC San Diego.

San Diego International Airport, sometimes referred to as Lindbergh Field, is a public airport located 3 mi (4.8 km) northwest of the central business district of San Diego, California and 20 mi (32 km) from the Mexico – United States border at Tijuana, Mexico. It is operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

San Diego International is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the United States, and second in the world after London Gatwick, with approximately 600 departures and arrivals carrying 50,000 passengers each day, and a total of 18.3 million passengers in 2007. San Diego is the largest metropolitan area of the United States which does not serve as a hub nor secondary hub (or focus city) for any airline.

The top three airlines in terms of market share are Southwest Airlines (36.2%), Delta Air Lines (10.9%), and American Airlines (10.6%).

Just in case the gulf oil doesn't reduce the population enough... Let us film through your clothes and increase your cancer risk or a strange foreign person may kill you with a crotch bomb.

As far as security goes, these scanners can't see inside of people.  What next, cavity searches??

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