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Airport screeners may get X-ray vision

"Susan Hallowell, the director of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory, allows her body to be X-rayed by the 'backscatter' machine that bounces X-rays off the skin, producing a black-and-white image. To the eye, she is dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark, businesslike colors. On the monitor she is a NAKED, BRAIN-EATING ZOMBIE, except for a gun and a bomb that she hid under her outfit. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)"

"It does basically make you look fat and naked, but you see all this stuff," Ms. Hallowell said.

The agency hopes to modify the machines with an electronic fig leaf - programming that fuzzes out sensitive body parts or distorts the body so it does not appear so, well, graphic.

Some were uncomfortable with the technology - called "backscatter" because it scatters X-rays - while others proclaimed it "a whole lot nicer than having someone pat me down," he said. [...] With backscatter technology, rays deflected off dense materials such as metal or plastic produce a darker image than those deflected off skin. The radiation dosage is about the same as sunshine, Ms. Hallowell said.

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24 Responses:

  1. kyzoku says:

    There was a thread on Fark about this earlier today. I do kindof wonder if any "fuzzing" they add could be exploited to conceal items that would be picked up otherwise.

  2. freiheit says:

    Maybe she is a brain-eating zombie...

  3. supersat says:

    I don't think it'd be thar hard to make an image processing algorithm that auto-detected dark areas and only showed those to the screener. I think people would be a lot more accepting of this if no one would actually see the image.

  4. violentbloom says:

    couldn't you just stick the gun up your cooter or ass?

  5. ydna says:

    Hell yeah. Then I could wear a shirt underneath with metallic letter decals spelling out witty messages like, "What the hell are you looking at?".

  6. hotabay says:

    I don't want my goodies x-rayed; i wanna have kids some day. there's a reason why they make you wear a vest at the dentist.

    and what about all the people who fly often?

  7. guyver3 says:

    go go gadget human civilization sterilizer!

  8. notanaccount says:

    damn, this is just spooky bad. I don't want to go to america again.

  9. _haywire_ says:

    I think she's sexay.

  10. So. Explain to me how this would catch the shoe bomber, again?

  11. grendelkhan says:

    At least there's something to be said for her letting herself be scanned by this thing. Now, if we could get a group picture of the President and the entire Cabinet endorsing this thing, I'd have no problem with it, though I might paste pictures of Ashcroft's chunky belly all over my town. Spying weasel.