TSA Airport Scanners Wouldn’t Catch an Implant Bomber

A number of news outlets are reporting today on the bizarre-sounding story of terrorist groups considering how to implant explosive devices into humans to blow up a passenger jet.

A U.S. security official confirmed the story for ProPublica, and the Transportation Security Administration released a statement that it had recently briefed domestic and foreign airlines. The agency said that passengers flying to the United States may notice additional ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Juan Carlos - Jul 6, 2011 - 4:09 PM PDT
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Edited by: Kristin Gorski - Jul 7, 2011 - 7:18 AM PDT
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by Kristin Gorski - Jul. 7, 2011

Relevant. Places this issue within a solid context. Provides information that anyone who flies in an airplane and/or even works at the TSA security checkpoints would find useful in making decisions on this issue.

According to this and other news reports, there seem to be a sizable population of experts who have continually stated that these backscatter machines have their limitations. Why hasn't this expertise been taken into account in designing better airport security?

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by Danny Franks - Apr. 10, 2012

This is great journalism, and hits on every single aspect of timeliness, currency, prominence, proximity and conflict. It is relevant and timely, because flying is a phenomenon that affects thousands of Americans everyday. It invokes legitimate science authority released by the government and TSA. The issue of science technology and safety is such a pertinent one, and this article hit it on the head.

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