TSA rolling out “Gumby” non-porno-scanners

For reasons which can only make sense at the TSA, the TSA believes the Gumby-scanners will solve all of their problems. Maybe they won’t be the same porno-scanners that are now used to send attractive women through multiple times, but they still don’t resolve the fundamental problems that have been shown in 2010 and then in 2012.

The Gumby-scanners also don’t change the silly policies of humiliating the elderly or ban 18 month kids from flying. And no, Rep. Mica’s private TSA hires fail to address any of these issues either. (Though they do add a chunk of change to his campaign coffers.)

This is not progress, but it’s probably coming to an airport near you.

It’s the enhanced version of a technology that caused quite a stir by allowing screeners to actually see passengers’ private parts while screening for other things.

“That software, called Automatic Target Recognition, has gotten rid of the image associated with Advanced Image Technology. When you go through this unit at Roanoke Regional Airport, no one is going to see an image of your body,” said Kawika Riley, a TSA spokesperson.


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