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2010-11-24 04:27:03 PM  
Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?
 
2010-11-24 04:38:34 PM  
For reference, what are the odds that your plane gets hijacked and/or gets blown up?
 
2010-11-24 04:40:37 PM  
I question that it's even 1 in 30 million.

still higher than the probability of getting killed by terrorists, though.
 
2010-11-24 04:46:38 PM  
Well now that doesn't add up. 532 million US residents fly per year? There aren't that many US residents. 532 million passengers? Some of those have to be duplicates. What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?
 
2010-11-24 04:50:15 PM  
Rez also said he would opt out since he didn't know the rate of failure on those machines.
 
2010-11-24 05:01:16 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?


I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.
 
2010-11-24 05:05:40 PM  
Someone always eventually wins the lottery too. It still happens.
 
2010-11-24 05:16:08 PM  

moothemagiccow: . What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?


the odds of them getting cancer are now 12 in 30 million, or even 52 in 30 million. they might as well end it now!
 
2010-11-24 05:19:32 PM  
I wonder what the probability of being even remotely harmed by a terrorist or their actions (TSA aside) on a plane are.
 
2010-11-24 05:25:41 PM  

jmaster306: Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


Except that driving a car serves a useful purpose, the scanners don't. Even the Israelis don't bother with this kind of crap.
 
2010-11-24 05:27:56 PM  

hockeyfarker: I question that it's even 1 in 30 million.

still higher than the probability of getting killed by terrorists, though.


532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year. More than the number that die from airborne terrorism. And that assumes they will stop the terrorists.
 
2010-11-24 05:30:00 PM  

hockeyfarker: moothemagiccow: . What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?

the odds of them getting cancer are now 12 in 30 million, or even 52 in 30 million. they might as well end it now!


It's actually 50/50. You're either going to get cancer or you won't.
 
2010-11-24 05:30:05 PM  
Complacent. Like Hindu cows. The illusion of security. Post 9/11 world...etc.
 
2010-11-24 05:30:50 PM  
1) NOBODY flies just once.
2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

that is all
 
2010-11-24 05:40:21 PM  

torch: 2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters


I would think OSHA would be all over that.
 
2010-11-24 05:41:53 PM  

impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.


The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.
 
2010-11-24 05:42:49 PM  

basemetal: torch: 2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

I would think OSHA would be all over that.


The TSA's rules overrule all laws and even the Constitution. You think they give a f*ck about OSHA?
 
2010-11-24 05:50:36 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking:

Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


It's risk vs. benefit. We risk our lives on the streets every day to get from 'a' to 'b'. I actually like your example: About 120 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States. Safer & better cars will hopefully cause this number to shrink. How many people die in the US or planes coming from the US due to terrorism? How many of those terrorist attacks have been prevented by the TSA. Really, I don't actually know. How many will be prevented by those scanners? Again: I put up with the very real risk of dying in a car because I need a car. I do not like to put up even with a super-minimal risk that those scanners might pose because I think the actual benefit of these things is even less- namely 0%.
 
2010-11-24 05:51:09 PM  

BumpyMcNipples: impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.

The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.


I like those people with (insert cause here) that shout... "BUT IF WE ONLY SAVE ONE PERSON IT'S WORTH OUR EFFORT"

The dog and pony show put on by the TSA is just that.
 
2010-11-24 05:53:05 PM  
All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth. This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be no racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials. This is so simple it's brilliant! I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Then an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number...
 
2010-11-24 05:54:10 PM  
and while I'm at it...
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2010-11-24 06:01:49 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking:

Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


You see, NOW you're a dick. And if you'd be the 'somebody' poor sucka who'd be exposed to the 100x dose you'd be a cancer-spotted-dick.

/how do you know the scanners are 'idiot proof' btw?
 
2010-11-24 06:02:23 PM  

BumpyMcNipples: impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.

The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.


That is not how probability works.
 
2010-11-24 06:04:21 PM  
Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.
 
2010-11-24 06:05:18 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth. This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be no racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials. This is so simple it's brilliant! I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Then an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number...


Lol that would be amazing actually. You wouldn't even need them to work really. Just have those 1980 movie beeps and boops going when you step into a box and it would scare people shiatless. Make up a story how some d-bag esploded in one with his bomb to boot!
 
2010-11-24 06:05:43 PM  
I like how everyone just seems to have accepted this guy's 1 in 30 million number.

Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

"The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.


Spoken like a true physicist with know biology training or knowledge of cancer whatsoever. Nice.
 
2010-11-24 06:05:49 PM  

BunkyBrewman: I like those people with (insert cause here) that shout... "BUT IF WE ONLY SAVE ONE PERSON IT'S WORTH OUR EFFORT"


Those same people would probably argue I shouldn't have rounded up to 18. Which is true, and I feel bad about it. Somewhere out there, there's some poor dude who's 70% dead and upset I rounded up.

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Whatever. Only a 9% chance I'd have to hear him complain about it anyway, and that's assuming he's a farker and I care.

/Brain, mouth, & hands not working
//.7+.7*.7*.7=.91
\The jerk probably hasn't even removed the eels from his hovercraft yet.
 
2010-11-24 06:06:09 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


Dude, you bring this up in every TSA thread even though it's been refuted many times by many folks in every TSA thread.

Give it a rest or get new material, already.
 
2010-11-24 06:07:09 PM  

Crosshair: Except that driving a car serves a useful purpose, the scanners don't. Even the Israelis don't bother with this kind of crap.


ParallelUniverseParking: It's risk vs. benefit. We risk our lives on the streets every day to get from 'a' to 'b'. I actually like your example: About 120 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States. Safer & better cars will hopefully cause this number to shrink. How many people die in the US or planes coming from the US due to terrorism? How many of those terrorist attacks have been prevented by the TSA. Really, I don't actually know. How many will be prevented by those scanners? Again: I put up with the very real risk of dying in a car because I need a car. I do not like to put up even with a super-minimal risk that those scanners might pose because I think the actual benefit of these things is even less- namely 0%.


These are perfectly legitimate arguments to make and personally I'm undecided on whether or not these will actually do any good. I just know enough of the science to understand that while they might be expensive and useless, they are by no means dangerous.
 
2010-11-24 06:07:21 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?


Reminds me of a case study from an engineering ethics class. These guys who were doing electron beam welding one day found out someone replaced the leaded glass in their rig with regular glass. and then had to change careers. shiat is expensive because Palin-Americans aren't able to understand and manage any risk let alone the subtle ones.
 
2010-11-24 06:09:40 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


There you are, I knew you'd come here to stump for the TSA. Someone's gotta stand up for the useless and incompetent.
 
2010-11-24 06:09:49 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.


Again? After you just got pawned in the last thread? You have some kind of nasty 'posting autism', don't you?
 
2010-11-24 06:10:25 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth. This would be a win-win for everyone.


What about the poor slob TSA agent who has to hose that thing out after every detonation? Not exactly a win for that person. Though I'd still rather do that than stand by an X ray machine all day, soaking untold amounts of "safe" radiation.
 
2010-11-24 06:10:48 PM  
In other news, ten years from now, several TSA scanner operators will begin to develop super powers after all those years of radiation exposure. I smell a sitcom...
 
2010-11-24 06:10:49 PM  

ThisNameSux: A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude


I did a quick calculation and came up with 20 minutes, but still, compared to the radiation you get from actually flying, the radiation from a Compton backscatter image is trivial.
 
2010-11-24 06:11:08 PM  
I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and I do not care how low it is, I cannot willing expose the healthy half of the thyroid I have left to radiation. The results would be bad.

So, bring on McGropenstein.
 
2010-11-24 06:11:29 PM  

lennavan: I like how everyone just seems to have accepted this guy's 1 in 30 million number.

Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

"The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.

Spoken like a true physicist with know biology training or knowledge of cancer whatsoever. Nice.


spoken a derp who can't spell.

biology training? is that, like, a college course or sumthin'? i assume you can take that after your Noledge of Cancer 301 class.
 
2010-11-24 06:12:20 PM  
...or about the equivalent of breathing in second hand seal flatulence
 
2010-11-24 06:13:46 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


...When the scanner is working properly. TSA "agents" are bottom of the barrel employees. I don't trust them to operate the machine properly. I also don't trust them to maintain them properly. Bottom line: I don't trust them.

Tell me, what level of radiation are you comfortable being exposed to by someone you don't trust?
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2010-11-24 06:13:53 PM  
given that 0 terrorists have been caught by the TSA that means we are paying $220million a year to ensure the deaths of aproximately 17 americans a year.

Woo!
 
2010-11-24 06:14:05 PM  
that's a lot of Hulks..
 
2010-11-24 06:14:45 PM  

Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


Bullshiatt. The scanners are designed to get bought by the TSA. That is all they are designed for. Even if they were designed by qualified people for medical use, I'd be worried. Google Therac 25 to see why.
 
2010-11-24 06:14:52 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: You see, NOW you're a dick. And if you'd be the 'somebody' poor sucka who'd be exposed to the 100x dose you'd be a cancer-spotted-dick.

/how do you know the scanners are 'idiot proof' btw?


The "idiot proof" statement comes from a presupposition based on the skill of your average TSA worker, the propensity for large companies to enjoy not being sued and the FDA review of the device.

As for the 100x statement, that comes from reading and understanding the FDA's Response over concerns that the radiation dose had been incorrectly calculated. You honestly could go to 1,000x but I figured a more modest 100x would be more believable.
 
2010-11-24 06:15:01 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


You tried to make a point but it backfired. Traveling by car is one of the most dangerous things you can do for a reason
 
2010-11-24 06:15:20 PM  

Barakku: I wonder what the probability of being even remotely harmed by a terrorist or their actions (TSA aside) on a plane are.


The 527 million number is low. If you figure they used the nude-o-scopes on everyone that flew since 9/11 you would have more dead passengers from the nude-o-scopes than from the terrorists. (The total death toll would still be higher for the terrorists, though.)

Note that this is going with the TSA numbers, something that many people who deal with such stuff say is wrong, the actual risk is considerably higher.

It could be argued that it's worth it but since the nude-o-scopes are hopeless against bombs in body cavities there's no upside. To kill that many just to inconvenience terrorists isn't worth it.
 
2010-11-24 06:15:26 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


I bet at least some of those idiot drivers know their car is made of steel and not steal.
 
2010-11-24 06:15:39 PM  
The terrorists are laughing their balls off at you irradiated pussies.
 
2010-11-24 06:16:17 PM  
I swear you'd think that these TSA articles were somehow connected to Wampler with the amount of appearances they make on Fark.

We get it, getting grouped and getting cancer is a bad thing...unless you're into kinky stuff with your SO and enjoy a good cigarette afterward.
 
2010-11-24 06:16:29 PM  

ThisNameSux: The internet really showed the evil TSA.


Somebody got showed, all right. Empty security lines on the supposed busiest travel day of the year?

I give it 6 months before the CEOs of United, Delta, American et al are all begging Congress for a bailout.
 
2010-11-24 06:16:38 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


I'll be damned, you're right.
Your name *DOES* sux.
 
2010-11-24 06:16:52 PM  

zahadum party planner: spoken a derp who can't spell.

biology training? is that, like, a college course or sumthin'? i assume you can take that after your Noledge of Cancer 301 class.


You're not thinking here.

Why would any physicist be trained to calculate health effects of radiation? That's clearly only done by biologists.
 
2010-11-24 06:17:02 PM  
If there were no screening whatsoever -- NOTHING, no metal detectors, explosives dusting, or X-rays for bags -- I would still fly. Know why? I'm not a pussy who's afraid of his own shadow, and I have a basic understanding of risk.
 
2010-11-24 06:18:50 PM  

eddiesocket: BumpyMcNipples: impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.

The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.

That is not how probability works.


Of course not it isn't, I oversimplified. Guilty as charged.

The loss of 18 17.7 innocent (presumed) lives per year after a period of time approximately equal to the limit of the gestation period of said cancer is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized feel safer

FTFM

This of course assumes the 1 in 30 million is correct and that 532 million people continue to fly per year. And, on a smaller scale, that said cancer victims die of no other cause before the cancer kills them. Such as an unprevented terrorist attack.

/Great, now I'm going to be attempting to approximate THAT probability all night...

\not sure if gestation is the right word... Dammit Jim, I'm an engineer, not a dictionary!
 
2010-11-24 06:19:43 PM  
Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.
 
2010-11-24 06:20:12 PM  

Xai: given that 0 terrorists have been caught by the TSA that means we are paying $220million a year to ensure the deaths of aproximately 17 americans a year.

Woo!


Wow, that's 12.94 million per person. Can't we find a more efficient way to kill people?

Typical government waste.
 
2010-11-24 06:20:14 PM  

impaler: Why would any physicist be trained to calculate health effects of radiation? That's clearly only done by biologists.


Mustn't bite.
supress engineer
drink, yess... drink. that's better.
 
2010-11-24 06:20:15 PM  

GuyCaballero: If there were no screening whatsoever -- NOTHING, no metal detectors, explosives dusting, or X-rays for bags -- I would still fly. Know why? I'm not a pussy who's afraid of his own shadow, and I have a basic understanding of risk.


If there were none of that bullshiat, I think a lot of people would fly more.
 
2010-11-24 06:20:58 PM  

Crosshair: jmaster306: Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.

Except that driving a car serves a useful purpose, the scanners don't. Even the Israelis don't bother with this kind of crap.


No, the Israeli's interview EVERY passenger.
 
2010-11-24 06:22:26 PM  

BumpyMcNipples: And, on a smaller scale, that said cancer victims die of no other cause before the cancer kills them. Such as an unprevented terrorist attack.


Considering the likelihood of both cancer from the machine and a terrorist carrying out a successful attack (let alone a crash due to other reasons) is phenomenally low, I believe we can draw two conclusions:

- You probably won't get cancer from the machine
- There is no need for these machines

So we can eliminate the machine-caused cancer risk by eliminating the machines, and we won't significantly increase the risk of dying to terrorists. As a bonus, we could probably pare the TSA back even further at no great increase of risk.
 
2010-11-24 06:23:05 PM  
""The dose of radiation is equivalent to 1/1000 of a dental X-ray," he added."

And no one is asking why if they can scan my entire body and see every single pimple on my ass with such a low dose of radiation. Why the hell do they need such a high dose to look at my teeth?
 
2010-11-24 06:23:11 PM  
Just for reference:

How Israel does airplane security (new window)
 
2010-11-24 06:23:21 PM  

joe714: jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.

I bet at least some of those idiot drivers know their car is made of steel and not steal.


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drives a car made of steal
 
2010-11-24 06:23:56 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: How many of those terrorist attacks have been prevented by the TSA.


Zero. All terrorism today that has been stopped were a result of FBI, CSI, their foreign counterparts and passengers.

How many will be prevented by those scanners?

Most likely zero. These scanners were largely in response to the underwear bomber, which they probably would not even have detected. [Citation]

/you have a much higher chance of dying due to a car, instead of a plane
//NTSB.gov
 
2010-11-24 06:25:37 PM  
Honestly I would love it if there was a terrorist on my plane.

/It's time to be a hero.
 
2010-11-24 06:25:57 PM  

GuyCaballero: If there were no screening whatsoever -- NOTHING, no metal detectors, explosives dusting, or X-rays for bags -- I would still fly. Know why? I'm not a pussy who's afraid of his own shadow, and I have a basic understanding of risk.


Who needs cops also! The only reason we have cops is because people are scurred and can't deal with problems themselves right! Chest BUMP!

Your point is valid, but taking unnecessary risks is just being stupid, not tough.
 
2010-11-24 06:26:07 PM  

NoSugarAdded: These scanners were largely in response to the underwear bomber, which they probably would not even have detected.


The wheels were in motion long before that guy. He was the political justification for a financial decision. Follow the $$$. This has NOTHING to do with security.
 
2010-11-24 06:27:06 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: How many of those terrorist attacks have been prevented by the TSA?


So far, the answer seems to be none. Of course, the same can be claimed about my wonderful lion-preventing stone. I haven't seen any lions in the vicinity, so obviously it works.
 
2010-11-24 06:27:28 PM  

Tetzlaff: ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.


Again? After you just got pawned in the last thread? You have some kind of nasty 'posting autism', don't you?


What is it with truth denial in all things TSA related here on fark? Is it because all of you truly want to believe that every aspect of TSA is evil, perverse, and generally unwholesome?

geesh, fight against neighborhood crime or getting traffic lights at a dangerous intersection or teenage pregnancy, any number of good causes, but please, stfu about TSA seeing as you've probably not flown in years nor have plans to anytime soon.

Not to mention that when you do, you'll probably go through the wtmd and even if you were selected you'd in all likelihood suck it up and go through with out an utterance.

All these preposterous claims of 200 soldiers flying with guns in the cabin but having to give up their nail clippers, the woman who was handcuffed to a chair had breasts twisted and was led out of the airport by no less than 19 officers, this bunk you idiots buy.

give it a rest, at least for a while.
 
2010-11-24 06:27:45 PM  
The puffer machines kill no one, unless one falls on you, I suppose, and they are far more effective.

But, instead, we use backscatter devices that, when they are working right, will give ~18 people/year cancer. And, we're trusting the maintenance of radiological equipment to people who would otherwise be fry cooks at Micky D's.

Great.
 
2010-11-24 06:29:52 PM  

the money is in the banana stand: GuyCaballero: If there were no screening whatsoever -- NOTHING, no metal detectors, explosives dusting, or X-rays for bags -- I would still fly. Know why? I'm not a pussy who's afraid of his own shadow, and I have a basic understanding of risk.

Who needs cops also! The only reason we have cops is because people are scurred and can't deal with problems themselves right! Chest BUMP!

Your point is valid, but taking unnecessary risks is just being stupid, not tough.


That's not even close to my point, though. The point is, how much quality of life do you want to give up to receive an infinitesimal amount of additional security? For people who travel even semi-frequently, this is a big deal. I know that in the states, gated communities and metal detectors in schools are a normal part of life, but in my worldview that's a crappy way to live.
 
2010-11-24 06:30:56 PM  

moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.


Beat me to it.

I'd also add:

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Just don't go outside (cosmic rays), don't eat bananas (lots radioactive Postassium), or have granite countertops. Radioactivity is everywhere.
 
2010-11-24 06:32:02 PM  
hockeyfarker 2010-11-24 04:40:37 PM I question that it's even 1 in 30 million. still higher than the probability of getting killed by terrorists, though.
==================================================================

The probability of getting killed by terrorists is like 1 in 25 million I think.

So we're giving up our liberty and letting folks see our junk or grope us to lower our chance of dying from 1 in 30 million to 1 in 25 million.

/Wonderful.
 
2010-11-24 06:32:40 PM  
Er, I meant 1 in 25 million to 1 in 30 million obviously.

Sorry.
 
2010-11-24 06:32:43 PM  
Wow .. .that's like half isn't it?

/USA! USA!
 
2010-11-24 06:32:49 PM  

tonguedepressor:
What is it with truth denial in all things TSA related here on fark? Is it because all of you truly want to believe that every aspect of TSA is evil, perverse, and generally unwholesome?


Personally, it's because they cost an excess of money that is pretty obviously being routed into a former politician's pocket while simultaneously violating my rights and providing shiat for extra security.

Not to mention that when you do, you'll probably go through the wtmd and even if you were selected you'd in all likelihood suck it up and go through with out an utterance.

WTMD? And of course, they'd love it if everyone just sucked it up and obeyed meekly.

All these preposterous claims of 200 soldiers flying with guns in the cabin but having to give up their nail clippers, the woman who was handcuffed to a chair had breasts twisted and was led out of the airport by no less than 19 officers, this bunk you idiots buy.

Yeah, cause it's all bunk and EVERYTHING the TSA says is true. Right.
 
2010-11-24 06:33:36 PM  

tonguedepressor: Tetzlaff: ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.


Again? After you just got pawned in the last thread? You have some kind of nasty 'posting autism', don't you?

What is it with truth denial in all things TSA related here on fark? Is it because all of you truly want to believe that every aspect of TSA is evil, perverse, and generally unwholesome?

geesh, fight against neighborhood crime or getting traffic lights at a dangerous intersection or teenage pregnancy, any number of good causes, but please, stfu about TSA seeing as you've probably not flown in years nor have plans to anytime soon.

Not to mention that when you do, you'll probably go through the wtmd and even if you were selected you'd in all likelihood suck it up and go through with out an utterance.

All these preposterous claims of 200 soldiers flying with guns in the cabin but having to give up their nail clippers, the woman who was handcuffed to a chair had breasts twisted and was led out of the airport by no less than 19 officers, this bunk you idiots buy.

give it a rest, at least for a while.


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/hot as desert sand
 
2010-11-24 06:34:10 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


Well, one difference is that while most people aren't mechanics, they can tell if their car is about to kill someone. Not so with malfunctioning equipment that (when functioning correctly) shoots people with invisible rays.

The Therac-25 incidents are a good comparison: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therac-25

Three people died and three more were seriously injured by devices intend to deliver measured, controlled doses of radiation. Unlike the backscatter scanners, they were being operated by X-ray techs in controlled conditions where the patient's condition was being closely monitored.

People can't perceive X-rays. The TSA agent is relying on the scanner's software to tell them that the machine is working and the dose is within acceptable parameters. The machine should shut down if there is a fault. But of course, the rate at which faults occur requiring shutdown, and the failure modes involved, are apparently matters of national security (like how voting machines work), so we aren't allowed to know any information about what safeguards are or aren't in place.
 
2010-11-24 06:34:29 PM  
People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.
 
2010-11-24 06:34:58 PM  
stvdallas 2010-11-24 06:20:58 PM
Crosshair: jmaster306: Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.

Except that driving a car serves a useful purpose, the scanners don't. Even the Israelis don't bother with this kind of crap.

No, the Israeli's interview EVERY passenger.


I love it when what - a small, non-western Semite language speaking (Arabic and Jewish) middle eastern country - does becomes relevant to a large Western country like the USA.

This small foreign non-Western 1-airline country...has a total number of domestic and international flights in an entire year that are lesser than the number of domestic flights in the USA in just one day. (not even counting international).

I'm sure this is very relevant to the USA.
 
2010-11-24 06:35:05 PM  
moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner
===========================================

You'd need to fly about a hundred million times higher than 35000 feet to get subject to cosmic radiation.

And you think WE'RE stupid?

God.

/I've had enough of this thread. The dumbasses are out in full force.
 
2010-11-24 06:35:28 PM  
FARK THE TSA

reasonable people hate the scanners/gropings because while these procedures add nothing to security, they;

cost a tremendous amount (either tax dollars or privacy or both).
in order to detect explosives dogs are much more effective.
cause security lines that make juicy terrorism targets.
will cause cancer in a small number of fliers (and maybe a lot of TSA agents).
are machines which irradiate being operated without dosimeters in order to pretend they're safe.
will cause more deaths and injuries from auto accidents.
are clearly an sign of corruption on behave of the homeland security industrial complex (see chertoff, michael).
the threat of terrorism is minimal.
and are done solely as security theater because americans are tards.

further, airport employees who work in the "sterile" area are a more likely threat than the average passenger...
 
2010-11-24 06:36:24 PM  
I have been a trainer on devices such as they use at airports to screen baggage and detect metal etc.

Radiation from these devices is INDISTINGUISHABLE from background radiation.

The TSA agents "not being allowed" to wear dosimeters would be illegal. HOWEVER, TSA agents don't wear dosimeters because they DON'T HAVE TO, because the amount of radiation they're exposed to from these machines is so ridiculously low that they'd have to explicitly flaunt the safety measures--for a number of years--to get a sufficient accumulation to cause noticeable changes in the blood chemistry, which is the typically the first sign of radiation poisoning.
 
2010-11-24 06:36:33 PM  

pstudent12: This small foreign non-Western 1-airline country...has a total number of domestic and international flights in an entire year that are lesser than the number of domestic flights in the USA in just one day. (not even counting international).

I'm sure this is very relevant to the USA.


It is, you see, if you apply it smartly. By doing it at major international ports and the like, and not at every goddamn airport in the country where it's unlikely to be helpful, like these scanners.
 
2010-11-24 06:39:04 PM  
There are really only two options for going through airport security. Either they touch you, or
they touch themselves.
 
2010-11-24 06:39:05 PM  
FARK:

Expert: "Only one in 30 million people will probably get cancer from scanners." US Airlines: "532 million people fly per year"

Farker: OMG it must banned!! BLARG!!!


Experts: Many many many more will die from 2nd house smoke!

Farker: PUSSY!! Stay home if you want to breathe clean air!!!!!
 
2010-11-24 06:39:42 PM  

basemetal: torch: 2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

I would think OSHA would be all over that.


State laws will over see that. TSA agents already wear badges.


/medical physicist
 
2010-11-24 06:39:47 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


Yes, plenty of people probably do get cancer each year as a result of flying. Is this a good reason to give a 1-2 dozen *more* people cancer just for the hell of it?

/it's only "derp" if you don't mind killing a dozen people or so
 
2010-11-24 06:39:48 PM  
Eh, my wife's a radiologist. If she says they're okay and will let our kids go through them, that's good enough for me. From a legal/civil liberties standpoint, though, I am profoundly disturbed by what I am seeing in this country.
 
2010-11-24 06:40:37 PM  

NoSugarAdded: There are really only two options for going through airport security. Either they touch you, or
they touch themselves.


Not everyone is checked in fact some airports don't have the monitors at all.
 
2010-11-24 06:40:47 PM  

NoSugarAdded: ParallelUniverseParking: How many of those terrorist attacks have been prevented by the TSA.

Zero. All terrorism today that has been stopped were a result of FBI, CSI, their foreign counterparts and passengers.

How many will be prevented by those scanners?

Most likely zero. These scanners were largely in response to the underwear bomber, which they probably would not even have detected. [Citation]

/you have a much higher chance of dying due to a car, instead of a plane
//NTSB.gov


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fighting terrorists, one partial at a time...

Gil Grissom
the thinking man's Chuck Norris
maybe
 
2010-11-24 06:40:54 PM  

moothemagiccow: Well now that doesn't add up. 532 million US residents fly per year? There aren't that many US residents. 532 million passengers? Some of those have to be duplicates. What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?


Just in case someone hasn't said it:

1) No, they aren't all U.S. residents, people from other countries do come here, California alone gets around 20-30 million foreign visitors annually.

2) Lots and lots of people fly more than once. I know some people who fly 3-4 times a week, and many more that fly 20-30 times a year.

Did anyone explain that to you yet, MooCow?
 
2010-11-24 06:41:04 PM  

TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.


Uh, I don't think you know how probability works, either.

Taking the statistics at face value :

A relative risk increase of 1 in 30 million means that you can likely expect 1 more case of cancer for every 30 million people going through the TSA scanner compared to an identical population that is not going through the scanner.
 
2010-11-24 06:42:00 PM  

lennavan: I like how everyone just seems to have accepted this guy's 1 in 30 million number.

Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

"The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.

Spoken like a true physicist with know biology training or knowledge of cancer whatsoever. Nice.


How do you know he doesn't know cancer biology? Radiation experts typically are knowledgable of such things.
 
2010-11-24 06:42:49 PM  

helix400: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.

Beat me to it.

I'd also add:

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Just don't go outside (cosmic rays), don't eat bananas (lots radioactive Postassium), or have granite countertops. Radioactivity is everywhere.


of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

i have work jobs where dosimeters are worn. and i'm not scared of radiation. but it's stupid to purposefully irradiate for no reason or negative reasons (example: enriching chertoff and pals)
 
2010-11-24 06:43:04 PM  

Nabb1: Eh, my wife's a radiologist. If she says they're okay and will let our kids go through them, that's good enough for me.


On an individual case it's true; it's probably safe for her or you or your kids. It's like playing Russian roulette with a 30-million cylinder gun. The odds of getting the bullet are extremely small for any given person.

...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.
 
2010-11-24 06:43:12 PM  

Corvus: FARK:

Expert: "Only one in 30 million people will probably get cancer from scanners." US Airlines: "532 million people fly per year"

Farker: OMG it must banned!! BLARG!!!


Experts: Many many many more will die from 2nd house hand smoke!

Farker: PUSSY!! Stay home if you want to breathe clean air!!!!!



damn auto-correct.
 
2010-11-24 06:43:20 PM  
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2010-11-24 06:44:33 PM  

torch: 1) NOBODY flies just once.
2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

that is all


You don't think there was a single first time flyer on a plan that crashed?
 
2010-11-24 06:44:37 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?


Actually a high dose of x-rays feel just like getting burned. There are cases. But I agree.
 
2010-11-24 06:44:50 PM  

A Fark Handle: of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.


I drive a car every day, and (statistically) that's a very dangerous activity.

Logically, I can do anything that is less dangerous than driving a car as much as I want and bad things will never happen.
 
2010-11-24 06:45:25 PM  

jshine: Nabb1: Eh, my wife's a radiologist. If she says they're okay and will let our kids go through them, that's good enough for me.

On an individual case it's true; it's probably safe for her or you or your kids. It's like playing Russian roulette with a 30-million cylinder gun. The odds of getting the bullet are extremely small for any given person.

...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.


That's a great idea, replace all the scanners with 30-million cylinder guns. It will be just as safe and catch just as many terrorists.
 
2010-11-24 06:45:42 PM  
impaler : 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year. More than the number that die from airborne terrorism. And that assumes they will stop the terrorists.

I just skimmed the article, but I don't recall seeing anything that said that the 1 in 30 million was yearly odds.

Statistics are meaningless without a timeframe, and when you're talking about the odds of getting some life threatning disease, the assumed timeframe is life.

So 1 out of ever 30 million people who go through the scanners will contract cancer in their lifetimes.

This assumption could be wrong since it's based on a shiatty article. It could just as easily be a 1/30 million chance per exposure.
 
2010-11-24 06:46:11 PM  

jshine: ...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.


It's not like that. It's someone who is probably traveling often and already experiences radiation. It's not like Russian roulette.


It's like 2nd hand smoke. a single person is not going to keel over and die from 1 exposure but it comes from repeated exposure or in combination of other carcinogens.
 
2010-11-24 06:46:23 PM  
I've never really cared about this sort of thing. I'll opt out, deal with some guy touching me. It's all just skin and flesh, any uncomfortableness is simply learned social stigma.
 
2010-11-24 06:46:28 PM  

A Fark Handle: helix400: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.

Beat me to it.

I'd also add:

[piechart.jpg]

Just don't go outside (cosmic rays), don't eat bananas (lots radioactive Postassium), or have granite countertops. Radioactivity is everywhere.

of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

i have work jobs where dosimeters are worn. and i'm not scared of radiation. but it's stupid to purposefully irradiate for no reason or negative reasons (example: enriching chertoff and pals)


If you want to oppose the TSA, do it for legitimate reasons. Grasping at straws makes your argument weaker.

This "A fraction of a fraction of radiation dosage is harmful!" is a ridiculously stupid argument. You people sound the same as those 1970s environmentalists who freaked out over the fraction of a fraction of radiation that a nuclear power plant would introduce.
 
2010-11-24 06:47:47 PM  

lordargent: I just skimmed the article, but I don't recall seeing anything that said that the 1 in 30 million was yearly odds.


In context, the 1 in 3e7 is presumably the *per scan* odds. If there are 532 million people per year (this is where the "per year" comes from) and the odds are 1/3e7 per person, then the units work out just fine.
 
2010-11-24 06:48:29 PM  

microlith: tonguedepressor:
What is it with truth denial in all things TSA related here on fark? Is it because all of you truly want to believe that every aspect of TSA is evil, perverse, and generally unwholesome?

Personally, it's because they cost an excess of money that is pretty obviously being routed into a former politician's pocket while simultaneously violating my rights and providing shiat for extra security.

Not to mention that when you do, you'll probably go through the wtmd and even if you were selected you'd in all likelihood suck it up and go through with out an utterance.

WTMD? And of course, they'd love it if everyone just sucked it up and obeyed meekly.

All these preposterous claims of 200 soldiers flying with guns in the cabin but having to give up their nail clippers, the woman who was handcuffed to a chair had breasts twisted and was led out of the airport by no less than 19 officers, this bunk you idiots buy.

Yeah, cause it's all bunk and EVERYTHING the TSA says is true. Right.


No, because everyone lies, just like everyone poops.

Just like your folks keep telling you, you'll understand when you're older.
 
2010-11-24 06:48:32 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


Let's see. Radiologists have to go through 2 years of school, plus pre-requisites to be allowed to operate those machines.
In light of recent incidents there is a strong push to make even more training mandatory.
Yet you don't see a problem with letting a mouth breather who got his job from a pizza box irradiate you.
Enjoy your cancer, the world will be better for it.
 
2010-11-24 06:49:18 PM  

Breygon: ...CSI...


I think Freud dropped a banana peel in front of me.

/CIA
 
2010-11-24 06:49:23 PM  
Adam Savage has a pretty amusing TSA anecdote himself.

Yeah, those procedures are making us all much safer.
 
2010-11-24 06:50:01 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


The above statement (c) 2010 A Rapidscan Employee
All Rights Reserved
 
2010-11-24 06:50:18 PM  

helix400: This "A fraction of a fraction of radiation dosage is harmful!" is a ridiculously stupid argument. You people sound the same as those 1970s environmentalists who freaked out over the fraction of a fraction of radiation that a nuclear power plant would introduce.


It's amusing how if you come into an article about second hand smoke on FARK which is much much more deadly, you get: "You pussy", "if it bothers you stay at home", "You are worried about something that has no chance of happening", "It only kills you when your old" type responses.
 
2010-11-24 06:50:51 PM  

helix400: A Fark Handle: helix400: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.

Beat me to it.

I'd also add:

[piechart.jpg]

Just don't go outside (cosmic rays), don't eat bananas (lots radioactive Postassium), or have granite countertops. Radioactivity is everywhere.

of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

i have work jobs where dosimeters are worn. and i'm not scared of radiation. but it's stupid to purposefully irradiate for no reason or negative reasons (example: enriching chertoff and pals)

If you want to oppose the TSA, do it for legitimate reasons. Grasping at straws makes your argument weaker.

This "A fraction of a fraction of radiation dosage is harmful!" is a ridiculously stupid argument. You people sound the same as those 1970s environmentalists who freaked out over the fraction of a fraction of radiation that a nuclear power plant would introduce.


Fortunately, nuclear safety officers require advanced degrees and years of training on top of that.

According to the TSA spokesman, the position requires a GED.
 
2010-11-24 06:51:45 PM  

TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.


Umm, no. That's not how it works either.

If you roll a standard die 6M times, there's a high probability 3 came up about a million times, with each step further away from the expected odds being defined by it's own probability distribution.

The odds of any specific person being killed in a terrorism related aircraft accident is within the same order of magnitude as the cancer risk. If we use your interpretation, the odds are highly in favor of no one every dying in a terrorist attack either, so we're still back to these things accomplish no real change in risk for an extremely unlikely event, at a disproportionate cost in time, money, and personal liberty and dignity.

Human beings are terrible at understanding relative risks of extremely rare and unlikely events, especially when compared to common but still highly unlikely events. Most people will not die in an auto accident. However, you're several orders of magnitude more likely to die in a car crash traveling to and from the airport than you are to die in a terrorist attack against your flight. If you drive the entire trip to avoid flying, you're even more likely to die in a car crash, even though those odds are still minuscule.
 
2010-11-24 06:51:55 PM  

Luse: jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.

Let's see. Radiologists have to go through 2 years of school, plus pre-requisites to be allowed to operate those machines.
In light of recent incidents there is a strong push to make even more training mandatory.
Yet you don't see a problem with letting a mouth breather who got his job from a pizza box irradiate you.
Enjoy your cancer, the world will be better for it.


Actually, radiologists are MDs who do years of residency to specialize, but generally do not operate the equipment themselves. That is done by radiology techs, who, as you said, undergo two or more years of specialized training.
 
2010-11-24 06:51:56 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?


Oh, no. That could never happen. These are sophisticated machines and I'm sure they have failsafes. Like CT scanners do.

Link (new window)
 
2010-11-24 06:52:26 PM  
That thing we see in the sky that we all call the sun. It exposes us to deadly radiation daily but nobody is asking for it to go away.

I don't fly that often and I'll take my risk with a machine or a pat down. They can feel my junk. I won't care.
 
2010-11-24 06:52:58 PM  

jshine: A Fark Handle: of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

I drive a car every day, and (statistically) that's a very dangerous activity.

Logically, I can do anything that is less dangerous than driving a car as much as I want and bad things will never happen.


yes, but you drive a car for a reason; transportation, work, impress the date, etc...this body scan shiat is done for no reason. NONE. even though more cost effective and non-irradiating methods of bomb detection are available (e.g. dogs). hence the difference. hell, if the TSA manages to piss enough fliers off and more drive, then more will die on the roads because auto travel is much much more dangerous than flying.

/if there's no reason to play in traffic, then it's probably best people don't.
 
2010-11-24 06:52:59 PM  

Corvus: jshine: ...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.

It's not like that. It's someone who is probably traveling often and already experiences radiation. It's not like Russian roulette.

It's like 2nd hand smoke. a single person is not going to keel over and die from 1 exposure but it comes from repeated exposure or in combination of other carcinogens.


It's true that prior exposure can make a person more susceptible, but even a single wayward photon can give a person cancer. There is no minimum safe dose (where "safe" implies a 0% increase in cancer risk).

Depending on exactly where the 1/3e7 number came from, my description is essentially accurate.

/have had this conversation with the wife, whose PhD is in genetics
//my own was in chemical engineering
 
2010-11-24 06:53:55 PM  

A Fark Handle: jshine: A Fark Handle: of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

I drive a car every day, and (statistically) that's a very dangerous activity.

Logically, I can do anything that is less dangerous than driving a car as much as I want and bad things will never happen.

yes, but you drive a car for a reason; transportation, work, impress the date, etc...this body scan shiat is done for no reason. NONE. even though more cost effective and non-irradiating methods of bomb detection are available (e.g. dogs). hence the difference. hell, if the TSA manages to piss enough fliers off and more drive, then more will die on the roads because auto travel is much much more dangerous than flying.

/if there's no reason to play in traffic, then it's probably best people don't.



Yea, that was sarcasm on my part. I agree with you.
 
2010-11-24 06:53:55 PM  

moops:
God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.


Don't take airport parking lots for granite.
 
2010-11-24 06:53:59 PM  

jake3988: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner
===========================================

You'd need to fly about a hundred million times higher than 35000 feet to get subject to cosmic radiation.

And you think WE'RE stupid?

God.

/I've had enough of this thread. The dumbasses are out in full force.


Go educate yourself. http://www.google.com/search?q=cosmic+radiation+air+travel

Here's a nice gem from the EPA. "Our exposure to cosmic radiation partially depends on the elevation of where we live. For example, people who live in Denver, Colorado, which is more than 5,000 feet above sea level, are exposed to more cosmic radiation than people living in Chicago, Illinois, which is only about 700 feet above sea level. For the same reasons described above, we are exposed to higher levels of cosmic radiation when we fly on a commercial airplane. "
 
2010-11-24 06:55:15 PM  

zahadum party planner: lennavan: I like how everyone just seems to have accepted this guy's 1 in 30 million number.

Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

"The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.

Spoken like a true physicist with know biology training or knowledge of cancer whatsoever. Nice.

spoken a derp who can't spell.

biology training? is that, like, a college course or sumthin'? i assume you can take that after your Noledge of Cancer 301 class.



Yeah that was an awkward mistake, god only nos why I farked up know and no. I'm pretty sure I no the difference. It wasn't a spelling mistake it was a grammatical mistake as the word "know" was correctly spelled.

Biology training is the training to become a biologist. Is this a difficult concept for you to grasp? The man had physics training, to become a physicist which no doubt required zero biology whatsoever, save perhaps a silly undergrad course he may have taken a decade or longer ago.

Now to be fair, I don't expect him to understand biology but he might keep his opinions on biological topics to himself and stick to the physics of scanners. From his manuscript if you take him at his word (what exactly his "clear evidence" is for instance), 200mSv is bad, 100mSv is unknown:

There is clear evidence of cancer induction at effective dose above about 200 mSv. Below an effective dose of about 100 mSv radiogenic cancer mortality risk estimates for all cancers is highly uncertain. 16 It is not possible to determine reliably whether a radiogenic risk is present in an X-ray screening population because of the high spontaneous incidence of cancer and multifactorial nature of disease causation 17.

The safety measures in place are there to limit the effective dose to no higher than 0.25mSv:

Passenger screening presents no public health concern under normal operating conditions. However, serious consideration should be given to the possibility of unintended and unnecessary doses to passengers due to malfunctioning equipment. The NS 43.17 standard requires the exposure terminate before an effective dose of 0.25 mSv is reached

How low is that 0.25mSv? Lower than the radiation you get from flying on the plane 10 minutes later.

An effective dose of 0.25 µSv is substantially less than the average effective dose of 6.2 mSv members of the US population get every year from all sources of radiation exposure, and is less than the increased cosmic radiation dose passengers receive during commercial airline travel

His beef is not with the scanners under normal operation. His beef is only if these safety mechanisms malfunction and a higher effective dose is delivered. Yet the question remains, what is the maximum possible dose the machines can deliver?

And all of this again, gave him the benefit of the doubt. The "clear evidence" he states is more likely not so clear. You don't go from being happy healthy normal person to poof malignant near death cancer in a single step. There are reasons to hate on the nudie scanners, this is not one of them.
 
2010-11-24 06:56:24 PM  

The Asshole Guy: That thing we see in the sky that we all call the sun. It exposes us to deadly radiation daily but nobody is asking for it to go away.

I don't fly that often and I'll take my risk with a machine or a pat down. They can feel my junk. I won't care.


Just because noone else will touch it doesn't mean the rest of us need, or want that service.
There are several places you can go to receive much better quality service of that type without even having to fly.
The more you know...
 
2010-11-24 06:56:29 PM  
So, more people dead from the scanning than from the islimic terror? Hmmm.
 
Al!
2010-11-24 06:57:00 PM  

jmaster306: ParallelUniverseParking: Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?

I often wonder about other cars that drive by me on the road being operated by simple everyday people and not automotive engineers. Are they bad drivers? Can they change their own oil? Do they even know where the catalytic converter is? It's not like you can tell right away if the person approaching you from behind is going to suddenly accelerate and rear end you. How many people drive the roads surrounded by bad drivers without realizing that one of them could cause a fatal accident at any moment? How many could respond to save their own lives?


Yes, I'm being a dick here but c'mon. The scanners are designed to be about as idiot proof as possible for just the reasons you listed. Then again, so are most cars. Arguably a rapidly propelled 2 ton box of steal and plastic containing a large amount of flammable liquid has a far more realistic chance of causing serious mayhem compared to a full body scanner. Consider this for a moment, even if somebody was exposed to 100x the dose of a regular scan, it still wouldn't be a big deal for 99.9% of the population.


You're missing the point, and there is a flaw in your argument. As a percentage of the total number of automobile accidents each year, how many people are injured each year in accidents that could have been prevented by properly caring for their automobile? As a percentage, how many of the people that drive cars have a working knowledge of their vehicle and can diagnose a major problem before it actually becomes a hazard?

As a percentage of the total number of backscatter imager operators, how many of them have a working knowledge of the technology to such an extent that they might be able to diagnose a problem with the machine before it becomes a hazard? As a percentage of the total number of injuries occurring that can be directly tied to backscatter technology being used in commercial airline screening, how many of those injuries occur because the machine is not operating properly? I don't know about the rest of the numbers, but the last two percentage would have to be almost 0 and almost 100, respectively (well, assuming there is a method to compile the data on backscatter injuries/illnesses, which there likely is not.) At least make sure anyone operating the machine has a strong working knowledge of the technology and the different problems that can arise from its malfunctioning. I don't care if they know how to fix it. At least teach them how to know if it isn't working properly.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:01 PM  
what will you do when you have no liberty left? Anyone who doesn't consider the TSA complete fascists are responsible for the dismantling of this national experiment in democracy. The rest of us will eventually move away I guess, and leave you sad, frightened little sheep to your own deathwish. Unless of course you die first, in which case we'll all be better off.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:10 PM  

ThisNameSux:
A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living


Very good, sir. I assume that your ITG-ness gives you sufficient resistance to harm to tell those pesky nurses and dental assistants that you don't need no pansy lead bib when you have an x-ray taken.

The rest of us mere mortals must protect ourselves as best we can.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:12 PM  

woodstock: I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and I do not care how low it is, I cannot willing expose the healthy half of the thyroid I have left to radiation. The results would be bad.

So, bring on McGropenstein.


Based on your concerns, you should take a bus/train/car.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:25 PM  
The article is misleading.

Likelihood increases with repeated exposure; if you go home once a year to visit granny, you are in no great risk.

But if you are a businessman who flies 50 times a year, that risk is not 50 times higher; more like 250 times higher.

And if you are a pilot who flies 250 times a year---WATCH OUT!
 
2010-11-24 06:57:29 PM  

They_no_kill_BakBak: I've never really cared about this sort of thing. I'll opt out, deal with some guy touching me. It's all just skin and flesh, any uncomfortableness is simply learned social stigma.


I disagree. There are plenty of reasons an individual might rationally decide on his or her own that being touched in all over their body by a stranger is unacceptable. Some of us are not objectivists or materialists and have more complex ways of viewing the world, by choice and through experience.

Even people from cultures where touching is much more common or nudity is permissible don't like being groped by strangers. They weren't taught not to like it.

Autistic people, also, dislike being touched. Maybe I'm autistic (and I guess my adoptive mother was too), as I've never liked being patted or hugged or touched by aunties or anyone, since I was a baby.

I like being hugged, now, by a handful of people. And there's one person (and one person only) who I don't mind touching my titties.

A very official, intelligent female using the back of her hands on the sensitive parts without staring right at them is tolerable, but not desirable (for me). No one taught me this attitude, I came up with it myself - that's what happened in Paris last year. It makes a huge difference (to me) what the look in the screener's eye might be.

Perhaps you don't pay attention to people's facial expressions or have no sense of what some people are thinking (or saying, with their eyes) when they grope you, but some of us do.

I do not think anyone taught me this.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:46 PM  

helix400: If you want to oppose the TSA, do it for legitimate reasons. Grasping at straws makes your argument weaker.


fine, here are some non-straws for you:

cost a tremendous amount (either tax dollars or privacy or both).
in order to detect explosives dogs are much more effective.
cause security lines that make juicy terrorism targets.
will cause more deaths and injuries from auto accidents.
are clearly an sign of corruption on behalf of the homeland security industrial complex (see chertoff, michael).
the threat of terrorism is minimal.
and are done solely as security theater because americans are tards.

/the people who get unnecessary cancer probably won't think irradiation was a straw
 
2010-11-24 06:57:50 PM  

ThisNameSux:


Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


These scanners are so important to our national security that they decided to turn them off today.
 
2010-11-24 06:57:51 PM  
Obama said "You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet"
 
2010-11-24 06:58:29 PM  

tbyte: helix400: A Fark Handle: helix400: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner

God people are dumbasses. Technically you get a radiation dose from granite in the airport parking lot too.

Beat me to it.

I'd also add:

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Just don't go outside (cosmic rays), don't eat bananas (lots radioactive Postassium), or have granite countertops. Radioactivity is everywhere.

of course there's lots of sources of radiation in nature, but that doesn't mean i should pick up bonus dose of radiation for fun in the name of security theater and corruption.

i have work jobs where dosimeters are worn. and i'm not scared of radiation. but it's stupid to purposefully irradiate for no reason or negative reasons (example: enriching chertoff and pals)

If you want to oppose the TSA, do it for legitimate reasons. Grasping at straws makes your argument weaker.

This "A fraction of a fraction of radiation dosage is harmful!" is a ridiculously stupid argument. You people sound the same as those 1970s environmentalists who freaked out over the fraction of a fraction of radiation that a nuclear power plant would introduce.

Fortunately, nuclear safety officers require advanced degrees and years of training on top of that.

According to the TSA spokesman, the position requires a GED.


The GED isn't required. You can use work experience in its place.
 
2010-11-24 06:59:44 PM  

jshine: Yea, that was sarcasm on my part. I agree with you.


well, don't i feel silly...
 
2010-11-24 07:01:20 PM  
The dose is purportedly 1/1000 of a dental x-ray. The booths are open at the sides, with helpful TSA agents telling people how to stand in front of the scanning device.

The TSA agents handle hundreds of pax each day. So, conservatively, they are getting a full body dental x-ray every two weeks. At the end of the year, their entire epidermises (epidermi?) have had 26 full body dental x-rays.

None of them have dosimeters.

Wonder what Cal OSHA would have to say about that.
 
2010-11-24 07:02:25 PM  

jshine: Nabb1: Eh, my wife's a radiologist. If she says they're okay and will let our kids go through them, that's good enough for me.

On an individual case it's true; it's probably safe for her or you or your kids. It's like playing Russian roulette with a 30-million cylinder gun. The odds of getting the bullet are extremely small for any given person.

...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.


It doesn't work that way. This is stochastic, not deterministic. Very different things.

Virtually all of the population probably (heh) does not have the statistics knowledge to accurately assess these statements. And the press for damn sure doesn't. Probability theory is involved as well.

Worthless article. But it's sure to rile up the ignorant but think they're intelligent crowd.
 
2010-11-24 07:02:35 PM  

stuhayes2010: How do you know he doesn't know cancer biology? Radiation experts typically are knowledgable of such things.


Because this how biologists who disagree with scanners sound:

Link (new window)
 
2010-11-24 07:03:10 PM  

OrelupM: torch: 1) NOBODY flies just once.
2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

that is all

You don't think there was a single first time flyer on a plan that crashed?


It's rare that a commercial airplane crashes and even more rare that the crash is fatal. But in the last 9 years there have not been any first time flyers that died in commercial plane crashes that departed or should arrive in the US.

Generally airplane deaths are from hiding in the wheel wells. I am guessing most of them are first time fliers. Air Marshals have been the leading cause of death most years and those were mostly first time fliers.

Just remember American Air figured out that TSA had been damaged 43 aircraft and 9 had to be repaired before they were airworthy. So the lack of casulties is not anything to do with TSA.

When has any government agency other than TSA be able to just dump an expected explosive in the garbage. The entire TSA process is based on never actually finding a real threat.
 
2010-11-24 07:04:24 PM  

Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.

Uh, I don't think you know how probability works, either.

Taking the statistics at face value :

A relative risk increase of 1 in 30 million means that you can likely expect 1 more case of cancer for every 30 million people going through the TSA scanner compared to an identical population that is not going through the scanner.


Uh yeah I do... we're talking about two different things.

Prevalence and probability aren't the same thing.
 
2010-11-24 07:04:45 PM  
this is entertaining.

i wonder why these nuclear physicists / statisticians / cancer experts waste their time debating with the masses of idiots on here....maybe I should mistype or make a spelling mistake for one of these clever individuals to point out....
 
2010-11-24 07:05:36 PM  
STFU and have some more Thalidomide!
 
2010-11-24 07:05:44 PM  
I wonder how much radiation you get from standing in front of a microwave or putting a cell phone to your head?
 
2010-11-24 07:06:19 PM  
Words aren't studies, not even when done by a physics professor.
 
2010-11-24 07:06:43 PM  

olddinosaur: The article is misleading.

Likelihood increases with repeated exposure; if you go home once a year to visit granny, you are in no great risk.

But if you are a businessman who flies 50 times a year, that risk is not 50 times higher; more like 250 times higher.

And if you are a pilot who flies 250 times a year---WATCH OUT!



If one assumes statistical independence (which may not be valid from a biological perspective) then it works like this:

Say the probability of an event happening in one "trial" is "P" (here 1/30,000,000 = 3.333e-8). The probability of that event not happening is 1-P (here, 0.999999967). The probability of the event *not* happening in 2 independent trials is (1-P)^2, or to be general, the probability of the event not happening in N independent trials is (1-P)^N.

Here, (1-P)^1 = 0.999999967 (99.9999967%)
(1-P)^50 = 0.999998333 (99.9998333%)
(1-P)^250 = 0.999991667 (99.9991667%)

Again, these are the probabilities of *not* getting cancer (assuming each run through the scanner is independent).

If there were 5.32e8 statistically independent trips through the scanner each year, the odds of *nobody* getting cancer (in that year) would be: (1-1/3e7)^5.32e8=1.98843346e-8 or a 99.999998% chance that it *will* happen at least once.
 
2010-11-24 07:08:03 PM  
Radiation is cumulative, and your body purges it very, very slowly. Anyone remember the guy the Russians took out with Polonium, months after actually exposing him to it?

That 1:30 mil becomes much, much higher for frequent travelers, and even worse, what about the pilots being exposed to this on a daily basis - sometimes even multiple times per day?

More importantly, let's say this device is only going to kill a single person, ever. That's 1 more than it's going to save.
 
2010-11-24 07:08:30 PM  
The radiation safety argument against the X-ray backscatter machines (and, notably, not the millimeter wave machines) is only one of many arguments against both of them. (What did supporters ever have to say about the conjectures posited in this letter? I can't keep up with everything.)

The bottom line is that those of you who support this TSA shiat have a lot more explaining to do to make us support the current procedures.
 
2010-11-24 07:09:04 PM  
Airports look like jails more and more everyday
/Cook County jail had one of these for a while
 
2010-11-24 07:09:30 PM  

helix400:
This "A fraction of a fraction of radiation dosage is harmful!" is a ridiculously stupid argument. You people sound the same as those 1970s environmentalists who freaked out over the fraction of a fraction of radiation that a nuclear power plant would introduce.


We don't actually know if there is a minimum dosage level, below which no damage is done. Our current guess is that every ionizing photon has a chance to cause cancer. However, statistically speaking there is a level below which you cannot determine the effects at all. 1 in 30M is definitely in this undetectable range.

There are hundreds of reasons to dislike the scanners and the ridiculous operating procedures of the TSA. I don't think radiation exposure is one of them, but it seems to be what the masses have jumped on. I guess it's not all that surprising. There's an almost irrational fear of radiation exposure in this country that just will not go away.
 
2010-11-24 07:10:37 PM  
532 million people fly every year? Considering we have less than 350 million people living in this country, I find that figure quite suspect.
 
2010-11-24 07:10:42 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: jshine: Nabb1: Eh, my wife's a radiologist. If she says they're okay and will let our kids go through them, that's good enough for me.

On an individual case it's true; it's probably safe for her or you or your kids. It's like playing Russian roulette with a 30-million cylinder gun. The odds of getting the bullet are extremely small for any given person.

...but given how many people "play", it's certain that *someone* will get the bullet.

It doesn't work that way. This is stochastic, not deterministic. Very different things.

Virtually all of the population probably (heh) does not have the statistics knowledge to accurately assess these statements. And the press for damn sure doesn't. Probability theory is involved as well.

Worthless article. But it's sure to rile up the ignorant but think they're intelligent crowd.


I described it correctly, assuming that each trip through the scanner is independent (which is a "best case" scenario -- reality is worse, if anything, since DNA damage accumulates).

If not, please describe my error in detail, besides just saying that "it's wrong". My PhD thesis (chemical engineering) involved stochastic effects in gene regulatory networks, so I'd be more than happy to discuss this in technical detail if you feel that I've made an error.
 
2010-11-24 07:11:12 PM  

jshine: olddinosaur: The article is misleading.

Likelihood increases with repeated exposure; if you go home once a year to visit granny, you are in no great risk.

But if you are a businessman who flies 50 times a year, that risk is not 50 times higher; more like 250 times higher.

And if you are a pilot who flies 250 times a year---WATCH OUT!


If one assumes statistical independence (which may not be valid from a biological perspective) then it works like this:

Say the probability of an event happening in one "trial" is "P" (here 1/30,000,000 = 3.333e-8). The probability of that event not happening is 1-P (here, 0.999999967). The probability of the event *not* happening in 2 independent trials is (1-P)^2, or to be general, the probability of the event not happening in N independent trials is (1-P)^N.

Here, (1-P)^1 = 0.999999967 (99.9999967%)
(1-P)^50 = 0.999998333 (99.9998333%)
(1-P)^250 = 0.999991667 (99.9991667%)

Again, these are the probabilities of *not* getting cancer (assuming each run through the scanner is independent).

If there were 5.32e8 statistically independent trips through the scanner each year, the odds of *nobody* getting cancer (in that year) would be: (1-1/3e7)^5.32e8=1.98843346e-8 or a 99.999998% chance that it *will* happen at least once.


i was told there would be no math...
 
2010-11-24 07:12:19 PM  

impaler: hockeyfarker: I question that it's even 1 in 30 million.

still higher than the probability of getting killed by terrorists, though.

532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year. More than the number that die from airborne terrorism. And that assumes they will stop the terrorists.


Not quite how the numbers work, and because of duplicate or frequent flyers it's also a pretty gross overestimation.
 
2010-11-24 07:12:26 PM  

Coco LaFemme: 532 million people fly every year? Considering we have less than 350 million people living in this country, I find that figure quite suspect.


One person can fly (or be screened) multiple times. Presumably, it's not distinct people that are being counted, it's the number of through the TSA screening station.
 
2010-11-24 07:12:57 PM  
Regarding TSA and dosimeters, as far as the few comments relating to OSHA are concerned, TSA is a federal department, OSHA does not apply to public sector employees including the military and federal/state/local government employees, with the exception that state/local government employees in the states that have adopted their own OSHA approved state plans must implement an "as effective as" policy. So, no, OSHA won't give two flying flips.
 
2010-11-24 07:13:22 PM  

sconietagneeded: this is entertaining.

i wonder why these nuclear physicists / statisticians / cancer experts waste their time debating with the masses of idiots on here....maybe I should mistype or make a spelling mistake for one of these clever individuals to point out....


what if the choice is to argue on fark, or debate with relatives, home for the holiday, about whether Obama was born in this country?
 
2010-11-24 07:13:47 PM  

joe714: TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Umm, no. That's not how it works either.

If you roll a standard die 6M times, there's a high probability 3 came up about a million times, with each step further away from the expected odds being defined by it's own probability distribution.

The odds of any specific person being killed in a terrorism related aircraft accident is within the same order of magnitude as the cancer risk. If we use your interpretation, the odds are highly in favor of no one every dying in a terrorist attack either, so we're still back to these things accomplish no real change in risk for an extremely unlikely event, at a disproportionate cost in time, money, and personal liberty and dignity.

Human beings are terrible at understanding relative risks of extremely rare and unlikely events, especially when compared to common but still highly unlikely events. Most people will not die in an auto accident. However, you're several orders of magnitude more likely to die in a car crash traveling to and from the airport than you are to die in a terrorist attack against your flight. If you drive the entire trip to avoid flying, you're even more likely to die in a car crash, even though those odds are still minuscule.


Wait, my example and what I'm trying to say, which is correct don't match, thank you for calling me out on that. The die rolling example does imply that with every run through a scanner you're more likely to eventually get cancer from it, just as the more times you roll a dice the odds are in favor of you eventually getting a 3, which obviously isn't the case. It's the single event that matters and they don't cumulate or something damn I'm having a low brain day and officially have no farking clue what I'm trying to say anymore.

Listen to the other people. The ones who know what they're talking about. Not the ones saying 18 will die each year.

That said, you are also right, none of this is worth the multitude of costs relative to the negligible benefit and hope my initial fail didn't imply otherwise.
 
2010-11-24 07:15:41 PM  

unyon: hockeyfarker: moothemagiccow: . What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?

the odds of them getting cancer are now 12 in 30 million, or even 52 in 30 million. they might as well end it now!

It's actually 50/50. You're either going to get cancer or you won't.


Arguably if you accept the concept of non-linear time and of an immutable future, then the odds are 100% that you either will or you will not.
 
2010-11-24 07:17:13 PM  
Alright, that's it, let's just invade Muslim countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to xianity.
 
2010-11-24 07:18:39 PM  

bangmaid: I wonder how much radiation you get from standing in front of a microwave or putting a cell phone to your head?


Standing in front of a microwave exposes you to 0 xrays.
The hint is in the name.

/Electromagnetic spectrum, look it up
 
2010-11-24 07:19:36 PM  
Did anyone find it funny that the company is called Rapiscan?
 
2010-11-24 07:20:25 PM  

fizzix_is_fun: There are hundreds of reasons to dislike the scanners and the ridiculous operating procedures of the TSA. I don't think radiation exposure is one of them, but it seems to be what the masses have jumped on. I guess it's not all that surprising. There's an almost irrational fear of radiation exposure in this country that just will not go away.


i have never understood the fear of radiation in this nation. nuclear power would have help us not be so tied to oil (and oil has cause a lot of problems we've have had and are having with terrorists). never mind the whole climate change thing. that said, if the radiation boogieman gets these machines yanked and the TSA biatch slapped, i'm all for pretending that one trip through this device and your mom gets breast cancer.

/also, the "true" risk is unknown and some impressive people have said so
//that's a known unknown i believe...thanks dick cheney
 
2010-11-24 07:20:30 PM  

trerro: Radiation is cumulative, and your body purges it very, very slowly.


No, some radioactive particles are difficult to purge. Radioactivity itself is NOT cumulative.

Radioactivity itself comes in three varieties.

1) Alpha (essentially excited Helium atoms without electrons). Easily stopped by a piece of paper and generally unharmful. If you get some radioactive particles emitting alpha particles within your body, ya, that's a problem. But otherwise, your skin does a nice job stopping this. The Polonium example you cited earlier is in this category.
2) Beta (essentially excited electrons). Once the electron transfers its energy, it's not "radioactive" anymore. I can promise you your body has lots of electrons in it. Radiation from bananas fall in this category.
3) Gamma (high energy packets). Once they hit, the energy is transferred in some form or another, and the gamma ray is gone. The TSA scanners use these.
 
2010-11-24 07:21:05 PM  

lennavan: zahadum party planner: lennavan: I like how everyone just seems to have accepted this guy's 1 in 30 million number.

Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.


Spoken like a true physicist with know biology training or knowledge of cancer whatsoever. Nice.


Biology training is the training to become a biologist. Is this a difficult concept for you to grasp? The man had physics training, to become a physicist which no doubt required zero biology whatsoever, save perhaps a silly undergrad course he may have taken a decade or longer ago.

Now to be fair, I don't expect him to understand biology but he might keep his opinions on biological topics to himself and stick to the physics of scanners. From his manuscript if you take him at his word (what exactly his "clear evidence" is for instance), 200mSv is bad, 100mSv is unknown:


Physicists can most certainly understand complex biological issues, and can have education to deal with radiation and its effects on biology. Shoot, sometimes physicists and biologists work together on projects!

This is even a school age project: http://www.phys.ksu.edu/gene/ (new window)

Funny, Dr. Manney, the professor I worked with, was a prof of both physics and biology; but more physics than biology, as I worked with him in the physics department.
 
2010-11-24 07:21:10 PM  

TheSilverOne: Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.

Uh, I don't think you know how probability works, either.

Taking the statistics at face value :

A relative risk increase of 1 in 30 million means that you can likely expect 1 more case of cancer for every 30 million people going through the TSA scanner compared to an identical population that is not going through the scanner.

Uh yeah I do... we're talking about two different things.

Prevalence and probability aren't the same thing.


You said:

With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

That's not how an increased relative risk of 1 in 30 million works.

Sure, on an individual basis, it is extremely unlikely that going through that scanner will give you cancer. However, (again assuming the statistic is correct to begin with and assuming 532 million go through the scanner), around 18 people will get cancer when they would not have otherwise.

I'm not sure what issue you take with that.
 
2010-11-24 07:21:15 PM  

Luse: bangmaid: I wonder how much radiation you get from standing in front of a microwave or putting a cell phone to your head?

Standing in front of a microwave exposes you to 0 xrays.
The hint is in the name.

/Electromagnetic spectrum, look it up


Also apparently cell phones now use ionizing radiation. Who knew?
 
2010-11-24 07:21:19 PM  

Luse: bangmaid: I wonder how much radiation you get from standing in front of a microwave or putting a cell phone to your head?

Standing in front of a microwave exposes you to 0 xrays.
The hint is in the name.

/Electromagnetic spectrum, look it up


OP said radiation, not xrays. A microwave does expose you to a very very minor dose of radiation but it's not harmful.

/Non-ionizing radiation, look it up.
 
2010-11-24 07:21:39 PM  
I'm just waiting for terrorists to start planting bombs before the security checkpoints at airports. The lineups of people waiting to get through security helps ensure that there's always a big crowd in the airport. If terrorists actually want to kill and, y'know, terrorize people they can do it very effectively without even getting within a few hundred feet of a plane.

The TSA would actually save lives by hurrying people through security with "just" the old fashioned checks.
 
2010-11-24 07:22:01 PM  
FTA: "The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.

Is that 1 in 30,000,000 per year? Per person? per exposure? per life-time? Makes a big difference to frequent fliers.

The figure on being struck by lightning is just plain wrong. Perhaps it is the figure for being KILLED by lightning in a year. Perhaps they accidentally added a zero. Only 20% of the people struck by lightning are killed immediately. Many others die prematurely, possibly as a result of being struck by lightning, in whole or part. Your odds of being hit by lightning are actually 1 in 500,000 a year. Three or four hundred Americans are killed by lightning each year, most of them in Florida or a few other lightning-prone, outdoorsy states.

Of course, being struck by lightning, unlike air travel, is mainly a young to middle-aged male habit. Over 80% of the victims are men. Men are more likely to be working or playing outdoors. Golf particularly exposes one to the risk of being struck by lightning, particularly in Florida.

So that's another thing: anybody may have to fly--the elderly, the sick, the very young, the pregnant, etc., but not everybody has to be struck by lightning. You can avoid lightning with a little bit of planning--plan to move to Yellowknife or Moose Factory--the chances of being struck by lightning in Canada are considerably lower, if only because you'll have the sense to come in out of the rain if you live in Canada, where the rain is much, much colder on average.

Also, people naturally fear an involuntary risk more than a voluntary one. Your odds of being killed by smoking are pretty high but people "choose" to smoke despite it being an addiction. People are not choosing to be fondled by fat ugly quasi-retarded security personnel. Well, most of them aren't.

I expect that a few lonely weirdos will start flying just for the groping.
 
2010-11-24 07:22:23 PM  

trerro: Radiation is cumulative, and your body purges it very, very slowly. Anyone remember the guy the Russians took out with Polonium, months after actually exposing him to it?

That 1:30 mil becomes much, much higher for frequent travelers, and even worse, what about the pilots being exposed to this on a daily basis - sometimes even multiple times per day?

More importantly, let's say this device is only going to kill a single person, ever. That's 1 more than it's going to save.


Radiation does not build up in the body to be 'purged'. It knocks things loose, like molecular bonds in your DNA. This happens all the time through other means, physical, chemical, viral. The very heart of biological beings incorporate methods to detect and repair damaged DNA.

Nevertheless, too much radiation can knock too much DNA loose, which can lead to cancer (which is a failure of the body to regulate genetic damage). This is a stochastic process - meaning, it is random. There are so many potential factors, it becomes non-deterministic. Since the body can repair itself, small doses likely have no long term effect. Cumulative small doses before the body can repair itself can have an effect, but the body receives plenty of small doses everyday from the natural environment.

A single large dose can have an acute effect - radiation sickness. But even that does not guarantee cancer in the long run.

The key phrase in all this is 'stochastic process'
 
2010-11-24 07:23:37 PM  
So, how many people died from terrorist attacks on airplanes per year, under the old rules? I bet it was less than 30,000.
 
2010-11-24 07:26:02 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: Peter Rez, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, said that when a scanner is working properly the amount of radiation exposed is very low.

Those things are not operated by radiologic technicians but simple TSA agents. Who tells me that they can operate them right, provide maintenance and spot when something is going wrong? It's not like the scanned person would get an insta-sunburn or catch fire. How many people would walk through a malfunctioning scanner, that might expose you to a X times higher dose, before they would realize something is wrong?


Working properly is not the responsibility of the operator. Outside agencies, not the operator, are responsible for the proper operation of the scanners. Minimal training is actually required for the use of the equipment.

Like medical radiological equipment, there are redundant safety systems built into the equipment that insure its proper operation.

FWIW- the amount of radiation used in the scanning process makes up about .03% of the 300mrem background exposure the average person gets each year, or the equivalent of about twenty minutes of flight. Medical chest x-rays, which increase the risk of cancer to 8 in 10 million, are aproximately 10mrem.
 
2010-11-24 07:29:08 PM  

helix400: trerro: Radiation is cumulative, and your body purges it very, very slowly.

No, some radioactive particles are difficult to purge. Radioactivity itself is NOT cumulative.

Radioactivity itself comes in three varieties.

1) Alpha (essentially excited Helium atoms without electrons). Easily stopped by a piece of paper and generally unharmful. If you get some radioactive particles emitting alpha particles within your body, ya, that's a problem. But otherwise, your skin does a nice job stopping this. The Polonium example you cited earlier is in this category.
2) Beta (essentially excited electrons). Once the electron transfers its energy, it's not "radioactive" anymore. I can promise you your body has lots of electrons in it. Radiation from bananas fall in this category.
3) Gamma (high energy packets). Once they hit, the energy is transferred in some form or another, and the gamma ray is gone. The TSA scanners use these.


What you described are the three results from nuclear processes. These are the output of radioactive decays. These are NOT the only sources of radiation, and the TSA scanners do NOT use gammas from nuclear decays.

Photons extend the range from radio waves to gammas. The point where they start becoming harmful is when they can ionize bound electrons. This varies depending on the actual material, but for most materials, the 'dangerous' range starts somewhere in the UV to X-ray range of the spectrum.
 
2010-11-24 07:29:59 PM  

impaler: hockeyfarker: I question that it's even 1 in 30 million.

still higher than the probability of getting killed by terrorists, though.

532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year. More than the number that die from airborne terrorism. And that assumes they will stop the terrorists.


HAHA! That's funny. You think they're worried about Americans getting killed. HAHAHA

They're worried about the Pentagon or White House being hit. They could give a shiat about how many Americans die from terrorists, much less from cancer caused by scanners.

HAHAHA....they care!!! HAHAHA!!!! That's rich.
 
2010-11-24 07:30:53 PM  
Sorry, is that based on a single exposure, or multiple? Very very few people take one flight one way during their lives.
 
2010-11-24 07:31:10 PM  

Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.

Uh, I don't think you know how probability works, either.

Taking the statistics at face value :

A relative risk increase of 1 in 30 million means that you can likely expect 1 more case of cancer for every 30 million people going through the TSA scanner compared to an identical population that is not going through the scanner.

Uh yeah I do... we're talking about two different things.

Prevalence and probability aren't the same thing.

You said:

With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

That's not how an increased relative risk of 1 in 30 million works.

Sure, on an individual basis, it is extremely unlikely that going through that scanner will give you cancer. However, (again assuming the statistic is correct to begin with and assuming 532 million go through the scanner), around 18 people will get cancer when they would not have otherwise.

I'm not sure what issue you take with that.


It's really more like those 18 people might be at an increased risk* than otherwise.

*dependent on a vast, uncountable number of factors in their life experience and biological makeup

Personally I think if you're going to make a statement like "1 in 30 million will get fatal cancer", you should show your work...
 
2010-11-24 07:31:32 PM  

HeartBurnKid: So, how many people died from terrorist attacks on airplanes per year, under the old rules? I bet it was less than one in 30,000,000.


FTFM
 
2010-11-24 07:33:36 PM  

vorsicht: OrelupM: torch: 1) NOBODY flies just once.
2) The TSA agents are not allowed to wear dosimiters

that is all

You don't think there was a single first time flyer on a plan that crashed?

It's rare that a commercial airplane crashes and even more rare that the crash is fatal. But in the last 9 years there have not been any first time flyers that died in commercial plane crashes that departed or should arrive in the US.

Generally airplane deaths are from hiding in the wheel wells. I am guessing most of them are first time fliers. Air Marshals have been the leading cause of death most years and those were mostly first time fliers.

Just remember American Air figured out that TSA had been damaged 43 aircraft and 9 had to be repaired before they were airworthy. So the lack of casulties is not anything to do with TSA.

When has any government agency other than TSA be able to just dump an expected explosive in the garbage. The entire TSA process is based on never actually finding a real threat.


I was just pointing out that "NOBODY" is a heck of an absolute to be capitalizing.
 
2010-11-24 07:34:01 PM  
I dunno. I'm pretty sure that large terrorist cells are pretty much done hijacking airplanes. The days of "turn this plane around or I detonate this bomb" are over. The 9/11 attacks kinda shot future terrorist plane hijackings in the foot. If a terrorist is discovered on a plane, the passengers are going to assume that they are going to die and thus have nothing to lose by attempting to thwart the attack by taking down the terrorist(s).

TSA is a waste of money.
 
2010-11-24 07:36:39 PM  
Really, the stupidity of this, is that 1 underwear bomber caused the outlay of 1.5 billion dollars or was it 4.5 billion, I don't know, in order to catch underwear bombers.

So now there will be no underwear OR shoe bombers.

There will be some other kind of bomber if there are any bombers at all.

Will we invest an increasing percentage of the federal budget into...cavity searches? Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)? Pre-screening screenings at off-site, secret locations?

Will we become like Egypt, investing most of our national productivity in something inane and stupid?
 
2010-11-24 07:37:07 PM  
50,000 Americans die every year in auto accidents. If they were serious about protecting us, that's where they should start.
 
2010-11-24 07:37:26 PM  
I wish there was some way for the Internet Tough Guys to post about how they are going to cause havoc and mess with the screeners/operators of the backscatter scanners. There really isn't as much of an opportunity as there is with the pat-downs.

Seriously, I really don't like these two new TSA methods at all. And I wish they'd get rid of them. I think they are an extremely unnecessary invasion of personal privacy.

I just think it is funny how the pat-downs have brought in a wave of Internet Badasses who are supposedly going to cover themselves in poop and scream like a banshee whenever the TSA worker touches them, strip naked, then fake an orgasm and hump at the chair, 'cause that'll show 'em.

When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.
 
2010-11-24 07:40:24 PM  
Will we become like Egypt, investing most of our national productivity in something inane and stupid?


Swarma?
 
2010-11-24 07:40:58 PM  

Barakku: I wonder what the probability of being even remotely harmed by a terrorist or their actions (TSA aside) on a plane are.


I'm sure the odds would severely increase if no screening precedures were in place.

I'd be more curious about what the odds of survival would be if you were a total a-hole about being screened or pat-down and the crowd behind you who were willing to go through the scanner missed their flight due to your beligerence.

Of course we'll probably never find out as the opt-out movement appears to have been headed by armchair activists rather than the travelers themselves.
 
2010-11-24 07:41:30 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: Highway61Revisited: TheSilverOne: People have no clue how probability works. 1 in 30 million change doesn't mean 1 out of every 30 million will definitely get cancer.

If I roll a standard fair die I have a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 3. That does not mean if I roll the die six times I'm guaranteed to get a 3. I could roll it a hundred times and never get a 3. That's probability. So basically 1 in 30 million means that the likelihood of any one person getting cancer from any one scan is extremely tiny. With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

Add to that the fact that not everyone has to get scanned, most people go through security without it (for now). And plenty who are selected opt to get groped.

But that's only assumng this 1 in 30 million figure is true and that said, I don't trust anyone involved with these things. Lucky for us, I'd bet the odds of them being permanent fixtures in our airports is probably about 1 in 30 million.

Uh, I don't think you know how probability works, either.

Taking the statistics at face value :

A relative risk increase of 1 in 30 million means that you can likely expect 1 more case of cancer for every 30 million people going through the TSA scanner compared to an identical population that is not going through the scanner.

Uh yeah I do... we're talking about two different things.

Prevalence and probability aren't the same thing.

You said:

With odds that low, chances are highly in favor of no one ever getting cancer from these scanners.

That's not how an increased relative risk of 1 in 30 million works.

Sure, on an individual basis, it is extremely unlikely that going through that scanner will give you cancer. However, (again assuming the statistic is correct to begin with and assuming 532 million go through the scanner), around 18 people will get cancer when they would not have otherwise.

I'm not sure what issue you take with that.

It's really more like those 18 people might be at an increased risk* than otherwise.

*dependent on a vast, uncountable number of factors in their life experience and biological makeup

Personally I think if you're going to make a statement like "1 in 30 million will get fatal cancer", you should show your work...


Yeah, I am in no way vouching for the accuracy of the actual numbers here... just that a relative risk of 1 in 30 million means that given 30 million exposures you will find around 1 more person with cancer than a similar population with no exposure.
 
2010-11-24 07:41:55 PM  
TheCableGuy: TSA is a waste of money.

Especially since the rules before 9/11 were just fine. The only reason anything happened was because a few people nodded of on their jobs. It was already illegal to bring various implements on board. So about all the terrorists would've had is their fists. Which likely wouldn't work very well.
 
2010-11-24 07:41:57 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: There will be some other kind of bomber if there are any bombers at all.


The next one will probably be "sarin gas guy" who gets through completely undetected because nobody* has tried that before and TSA is entirely focused on bombs. Meanwhile they'll keep up the shoe bit, and the groping/irradiation, and the "no water bottles", and the "laptops out of their bags," and etc., etc., etc. -- with a new veneer or silliness added on to the top.

/ *excluding the Tokyo subway incident
 
2010-11-24 07:43:46 PM  

RhineStoneTaco: I wish there was some way for the Internet Tough Guys to post about how they are going to cause havoc and mess with the screeners/operators of the backscatter scanners. There really isn't as much of an opportunity as there is with the pat-downs.

Seriously, I really don't like these two new TSA methods at all. And I wish they'd get rid of them. I think they are an extremely unnecessary invasion of personal privacy.

I just think it is funny how the pat-downs have brought in a wave of Internet Badasses who are supposedly going to cover themselves in poop and scream like a banshee whenever the TSA worker touches them, strip naked, then fake an orgasm and hump at the chair, 'cause that'll show 'em.

When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.


It was one thing when they sent some dumbass in a suit to follow the "junk" guy, but then people started getting arrested.
 
2010-11-24 07:44:27 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?


[citation needed]
 
2010-11-24 07:48:04 PM  
I'm fairly certain there are many more voluntary, unnecessary activities that have higher death rate. Like driving to the store.
 
2010-11-24 07:49:12 PM  

tbyte: RhineStoneTaco: I wish there was some way for the Internet Tough Guys to post about how they are going to cause havoc and mess with the screeners/operators of the backscatter scanners. There really isn't as much of an opportunity as there is with the pat-downs.

Seriously, I really don't like these two new TSA methods at all. And I wish they'd get rid of them. I think they are an extremely unnecessary invasion of personal privacy.

I just think it is funny how the pat-downs have brought in a wave of Internet Badasses who are supposedly going to cover themselves in poop and scream like a banshee whenever the TSA worker touches them, strip naked, then fake an orgasm and hump at the chair, 'cause that'll show 'em.

When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.

It was one thing when they sent some dumbass in a suit to follow the "junk" guy, but then people started getting arrested.


You won't get arrested to save your liberties?

I didn't think so.
 
2010-11-24 07:49:42 PM  
And the chance that these scanners stop a terrorist?

0 in 30 million. Because even if they worked to stop somebody from getting a bomb onto a plane (which they've never been proved to be capable of), the terrorist just detonates while waiting in line to go through the scanner.

One would think that this statistic would be at least as important than the miniscule chance that these things kill you.
 
2010-11-24 07:51:23 PM  

RhineStoneTaco: When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.


Meh, I'll opt for the groping. Not out as part of any organized protest, but just because I don't want to increase my odds of cancer by any amount -- no matter how small -- for the sake of theater.
 
2010-11-24 07:51:32 PM  

zabadu: tbyte: RhineStoneTaco: I wish there was some way for the Internet Tough Guys to post about how they are going to cause havoc and mess with the screeners/operators of the backscatter scanners. There really isn't as much of an opportunity as there is with the pat-downs.

Seriously, I really don't like these two new TSA methods at all. And I wish they'd get rid of them. I think they are an extremely unnecessary invasion of personal privacy.

I just think it is funny how the pat-downs have brought in a wave of Internet Badasses who are supposedly going to cover themselves in poop and scream like a banshee whenever the TSA worker touches them, strip naked, then fake an orgasm and hump at the chair, 'cause that'll show 'em.

When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.

It was one thing when they sent some dumbass in a suit to follow the "junk" guy, but then people started getting arrested.

You won't get arrested to save your liberties?

I didn't think so.


So you finally admit it is a matter of liberties, and that you are arguing against them. Sure took you a while though.
 
2010-11-24 07:52:24 PM  

corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]


Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.
 
2010-11-24 07:53:01 PM  

tbyte: zabadu: tbyte: RhineStoneTaco: I wish there was some way for the Internet Tough Guys to post about how they are going to cause havoc and mess with the screeners/operators of the backscatter scanners. There really isn't as much of an opportunity as there is with the pat-downs.

Seriously, I really don't like these two new TSA methods at all. And I wish they'd get rid of them. I think they are an extremely unnecessary invasion of personal privacy.

I just think it is funny how the pat-downs have brought in a wave of Internet Badasses who are supposedly going to cover themselves in poop and scream like a banshee whenever the TSA worker touches them, strip naked, then fake an orgasm and hump at the chair, 'cause that'll show 'em.

When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.

It was one thing when they sent some dumbass in a suit to follow the "junk" guy, but then people started getting arrested.

You won't get arrested to save your liberties?

I didn't think so.

So you finally admit it is a matter of liberties, and that you are arguing against them. Sure took you a while though.


No, I'm using words that you and others used. You were losing your "liberties".

But you won't get arrested for them.
 
2010-11-24 07:53:15 PM  

BumpyMcNipples: impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.

The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.


Where did you get your maths? Contracting cancer and dying from cancer are two seperate things. There in nothing in the post that said cancer fatalities. Many cancers are surviveable.

The whole study is flawed as you would have to keep all 527 million travelers off the airplane (20 mins of flight is equivalent to one visit with the scanner), out of the sun and away from medical radiological equipment for the year. In other words: one would have to have a large controlled sample with their only exposure to be 300 mrem of radiation annually for this supposition to actually hold any water at all.
 
2010-11-24 07:54:06 PM  

tonguedepressor: stfu about TSA seeing as you've probably not flown in years nor have plans to anytime soon.


Stopped reading right there. You're an idiot.
 
2010-11-24 07:54:06 PM  

zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.


Hah -- they should require that on *leaving* Colombia, not entering.
 
2010-11-24 07:54:11 PM  

zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.


Here's the link: Link
 
2010-11-24 07:54:32 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: For reference, what are the odds that your plane gets hijacked and/or gets blown up?


I think there's a mathematical equation for this. The probability of it being spontaneously blown up approaches 1 as you near an island that harnesses a magnetic force, which is driven by a donkey wheel.

If your plan is to be hijacked, as the number of Islamic-looking passengers board your place, the probability approaches 1 exponentially.

Or something.

My head hurts.
 
2010-11-24 07:55:09 PM  

jshine: zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

Hah -- they should require that on *leaving* Colombia, not entering.


Well, according to all the warnings, "leaving" Columbia is not guaranteed.
 
2010-11-24 07:55:47 PM  

corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]


Just our State Department's advisory, is all I got:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1090.html

You can also google it. There's way more information on teh internets.

Use Ctrl f and type in x- and you'll see where secondary screening can include an actual abdominal x-ray, just as here, if you get chosen, you get the x-ray or the grope.

Neither Colombia nor the TSA makes it absolutely clear who they're going to zap with regular or micro x-rays.

/not an x-ray terminology expert, but I do follow international travel issues...
 
2010-11-24 07:56:11 PM  

BodaciousTease:
Physicists can most certainly understand complex biological issues, and can have education to deal with radiation and its effects on biology. Shoot, sometimes physicists and biologists work together on projects!

This is even a school age project: http://www.phys.ksu.edu/gene/ (new window)

Funny, Dr. Manney, the professor I worked with, was a prof of both physics and biology; but more physics than biology, as I worked with him in the physics department.


I never said Physicists could not understand biology or collaborate on projects. I said this specific physicist does not understand biology.

The best work I see in biology is collaborative work with other departments.
 
2010-11-24 07:56:33 PM  

zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.


Yes, yes you did. So I looked it up y voilá - il y a beaucoups d'information...
 
2010-11-24 07:56:47 PM  

jshine: RhineStoneTaco: When, in reality, they'll just go through the damn scanner and mutter stuff under their breath.

Meh, I'll opt for the groping. Not out as part of any organized protest, but just because I don't want to increase my odds of cancer by any amount -- no matter how small -- for the sake of theater.


It also cracks me up when people talk about how they are going to do something like not wipe themselves for days - something I've actually seen typed on Fark - because the TSA folks are not reaching inside your pants, best I can figure. They're patting down/groping the outside of the clothing. So they'd end up with a bad butthole rash for nothing.
 
2010-11-24 07:56:48 PM  

clowncar on fire: BumpyMcNipples: impaler: 532/30 = 17.7 fatal cancers a year.

The loss of 18 innocent lives per year is a SMALL price to pay to not be terrorized

by people who don't live here.

Where did you get your maths? Contracting cancer and dying from cancer are two seperate things. There in nothing in the post that said cancer fatalities. Many cancers are surviveable.

The whole study is flawed as you would have to keep all 527 million travelers off the airplane (20 mins of flight is equivalent to one visit with the scanner), out of the sun and away from medical radiological equipment for the year. In other words: one would have to have a large controlled sample with their only exposure to be 300 mrem of radiation annually for this supposition to actually hold any water at all.


What gets me is that they won't go thru the scanner and get cancer, but they'll get on the plane, where 20 minutes in the air will give you the same amount.

So, you have a three hour flight, you're getting zapped way more than walking thru the scanner for 10 seconds.

The stupid, it hurts.
 
2010-11-24 07:57:59 PM  

zabadu: Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.


It's not an regular screening, the very same way it's not common to make colombians sit down for 72 hours in an interrogation room on top of their own poo when entering the US.

/yet it still happens
//I work in the biz
 
2010-11-24 07:58:38 PM  

jshine: zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

Hah -- they should require that on *leaving* Colombia, not entering.


From someone who is currently on his fourth trip (for work) to Colombia: apparently they can require it either direction. It is Colombia, after all.

And from someone at the state department, I got a message stating that x-ray machines are installed in Colombian international airports, for use at the discretion of Colombian authorities, hence the rather generic advisory on the state department page.
 
2010-11-24 07:58:41 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

Yes, yes you did. So I looked it up y voilá - il y a beaucoups d'information...


Yes, I thought it was pretty tasty myself.

Funny, air travel didn't stop today. Interesting.
 
2010-11-24 08:00:09 PM  

corronchilejano: zabadu: Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

It's not an regular screening, the very same way it's not common to make colombians sit down for 72 hours in an interrogation room on top of their own poo when entering the US.

/yet it still happens
//I work in the biz


What part of "you may be asked" did you miss? Kind of hard to sit on "top" of your poo unless you shiat bricks. Maybe sit "in" your poo? Regardless, those Columbians are funny, huh?

///you're "in the biz"? Are you a made man?
 
2010-11-24 08:01:06 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: jshine: zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

Hah -- they should require that on *leaving* Colombia, not entering.

From someone who is currently on his fourth trip (for work) to Colombia: apparently they can require it either direction. It is Colombia, after all.

And from someone at the state department, I got a message stating that x-ray machines are installed in Colombian international airports, for use at the discretion of Colombian authorities, hence the rather generic advisory on the state department page.


Man, kidnapping of Americans is high there. Do you wear a Life Alert button? :)
 
2010-11-24 08:01:33 PM  

zabadu: What gets me is that they won't go thru the scanner and get cancer, but they'll get on the plane, where 20 minutes in the air will give you the same amount.

So, you have a three hour flight, you're getting zapped way more than walking thru the scanner for 10 seconds.

The stupid, it hurts.



With a difference: that 20 min. in the air accomplishes something. Most reasonable people will assume a risk (like driving to work) if it brings a reward (like getting paid). I once had a medical PET scan (with a *massive* dose of radiation, compared to these scanners) because the benefit was worth the risk (I might have had liver cancer due to preliminary tests; turns out I didn't, thanks to the scan).

But only an idiot would assume a risk -- even a small one -- if there is absolutely no benefit to be had.
 
2010-11-24 08:03:44 PM  

zabadu: What part of "you may be asked" did you miss? Kind of hard to sit on "top" of your poo unless you shiat bricks. Maybe sit "in" your poo? Regardless, those Columbians are funny, huh?


I'm Colombian. It's pretty common to hear horror stories about our nationals arriving to the US and being led to an interrogation room where they aren't allowed to leave, eat, drink or call anyone until "something" is researched about them. In one case, I had a very old lady who was left for 72 hours, and when she had "an accident", she was told to continue sitting down on her own poo.

/Tourism, that biz
 
2010-11-24 08:06:32 PM  
Getting the grope/Nude-o-scope is not a "regular screening" here, either. Many passengers are still sent through the metal detectors and on their way, as they always were.

It's completely unclear why or how people are chosen for the NoS, and then, what exactly can trigger the further groping (you have the option to skip straight to the groping, however at least one TSA manager has been disciplined in Atlanta for failing to grok that; she apparently gets it now).

One observer said it was 70% women who were sent through the NoS, which sounded like propaganda until the story about the airport security rapist guy broke:

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO137343/

Gotta be an attractive job for perverts.

And no, they don't *have* to have a GED, and they don't have to have a clean criminal record either.
 
2010-11-24 08:08:59 PM  
yeah well, at least the radiation absorbed in flight cant produce cock pix
 
2010-11-24 08:09:31 PM  

jshine:

But only an idiot would assume a risk -- even a small one -- if there is absolutely no benefit to be had.


Don't mind the scanners, but agree the whole "we're going to risk your health by a tiny amount so we can protect your health by an even smaller amount" isn't terribly bright.
 
2010-11-24 08:12:18 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Many passengers are still sent through the metal detectors and on their way, as they always were.


Then 1 in a 30 million isn't something to be worried about... if it was actually that chance.
 
2010-11-24 08:12:22 PM  

corronchilejano: zabadu: What part of "you may be asked" did you miss? Kind of hard to sit on "top" of your poo unless you shiat bricks. Maybe sit "in" your poo? Regardless, those Columbians are funny, huh?

I'm Colombian. It's pretty common to hear horror stories about our nationals arriving to the US and being led to an interrogation room where they aren't allowed to leave, eat, drink or call anyone until "something" is researched about them. In one case, I had a very old lady who was left for 72 hours, and when she had "an accident", she was told to continue sitting down on her own poo.

/Tourism, that biz


I work with a Columbian. He thinks people who are pissed at the scanners are insane. He's been zapped a whole bunch of times.
 
2010-11-24 08:13:25 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: They_no_kill_BakBak: I've never really cared about this sort of thing. I'll opt out, deal with some guy touching me. It's all just skin and flesh, any uncomfortableness is simply learned social stigma.

I disagree. There are plenty of reasons an individual might rationally decide on his or her own that being touched in all over their body by a stranger is unacceptable. Some of us are not objectivists or materialists and have more complex ways of viewing the world, by choice and through experience.

Even people from cultures where touching is much more common or nudity is permissible don't like being groped by strangers. They weren't taught not to like it.

Autistic people, also, dislike being touched. Maybe I'm autistic (and I guess my adoptive mother was too), as I've never liked being patted or hugged or touched by aunties or anyone, since I was a baby.

I like being hugged, now, by a handful of people. And there's one person (and one person only) who I don't mind touching my titties.

A very official, intelligent female using the back of her hands on the sensitive parts without staring right at them is tolerable, but not desirable (for me). No one taught me this attitude, I came up with it myself - that's what happened in Paris last year. It makes a huge difference (to me) what the look in the screener's eye might be.

Perhaps you don't pay attention to people's facial expressions or have no sense of what some people are thinking (or saying, with their eyes) when they grope you, but some of us do.

I do not think anyone taught me this.


It's called modeling, and if you're adoptive mother had issues with interpersonal contact, and you were not raised by your maternal parents, then there is a clear aberation in your normal development.
 
2010-11-24 08:13:49 PM  

darth_shatner: jshine:

But only an idiot would assume a risk -- even a small one -- if there is absolutely no benefit to be had.

Don't mind the scanners, but agree the whole "we're going to risk your health by a tiny amount so we can protect your health by an even smaller amount" isn't terribly bright.


And yet both of you will get however many 20 min x length of your flight zapped, because the benefit is seeing grandma.

Your logic makes no sense. Okay to zap if it benefits me, but if it benefits the whole country, fark it.
 
2010-11-24 08:14:44 PM  
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2010-11-24 08:15:02 PM  
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2010-11-24 08:16:35 PM  
FTA: "The probability of getting a fatal cancer is about one in 30 million, which puts it lower than the probability of being killed by being struck by lightning in any year in the United States, which is about one in 5 million," he said.

And the chances of "getting" a non-fatal cancer, or a tumour? Because, personally, I think those are a quite an inconvenience as well. But then again, I know people who work with radioisotopes all day long. Just visiting their lab is probably just as bad.
 
2010-11-24 08:19:41 PM  

zabadu: I work with a Columbian. He thinks people who are pissed at the scanners are insane. He's been zapped a whole bunch of times.


He's an idiot. Here, take some white duct tape and tape off a 5ft x 5ft box in your house. Now stand in it for 20 seconds every time you are going to leave the house.

There ya go. A procedure with a zero-percent chance of death, and it protects you from being killed by drunk drivers as much as these scanners protect us from terrorists.

Do this for two months and then come back and tell us what you've learned.
 
2010-11-24 08:19:57 PM  

moothemagiccow: Well now that doesn't add up. 532 million US residents fly per year? There aren't that many US residents. 532 million passengers? Some of those have to be duplicates. What about frequent flyers - folks who fly monthly or weekly? Are they just farked?


I am a US Airways Platinum member and I fly 50+ times a year. Guess what my choice will be.
Yep - please grab my sack and make sure there isn't a bomb there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
 
2010-11-24 08:19:59 PM  

zabadu: Atypical Person Reading Fark: zabadu: corronchilejano: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Actual x-rays (like in Colombia)?

[citation needed]

Actually, that's true. If you look up the rules for entering the country, you may be asked to submit to an abdominal xray. I posted it one of the 400 tsa threads this past week.

Yes, yes you did. So I looked it up y voilá - il y a beaucoups d'information...

Yes, I thought it was pretty tasty myself.

Funny, air travel didn't stop today. Interesting.


No, in fact things went faster at many airports (like LAX) because the TSA turned off their NoS's. For a complete list of airports that decided to "opt out" to block opting out, go here:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-safety-security/1152508-list-air​ports-con f irmed-not-using-ait-today.html#post15275124

JFK used them, although not intensely. By not using them, things did speed up, which is good.

And that was because TSA was afraid of people opting out. They had "all hands on deck" (I believe that's the expression they used), so of course the traveling public had an easier time.

That's a good thing.
 
2010-11-24 08:20:00 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: Getting the grope/Nude-o-scope is not a "regular screening" here, either. Many passengers are still sent through the metal detectors and on their way, as they always were.

It's completely unclear why or how people are chosen for the NoS, and then, what exactly can trigger the further groping (you have the option to skip straight to the groping, however at least one TSA manager has been disciplined in Atlanta for failing to grok that; she apparently gets it now).

One observer said it was 70% women who were sent through the NoS, which sounded like propaganda until the story about the airport security rapist guy broke:

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO137343/

Gotta be an attractive job for perverts.

And no, they don't *have* to have a GED, and they don't have to have a clean criminal record either.


Bullshiat.

TSA Transportation Security Officers, who conduct passenger, baggage, and cargo screening at airports, undergo a two-part background investigation process. TSO applicants are first subject to a pre-employment background investigation. This investigation features the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Special Agreement Check which is a fingerprint based criminal history check that is processed through the FBI. If the pre-employment investigation is favorable and the applicant accepts a position with TSA, the individual then is subject to further background checks through OPM's Access National Agency Check with Inquiries (ANACI). The TSO is permitted to begin employment while the ANACI is underway. If derogatory information is developed, the individual is afforded an opportunity to address the information obtained during the investigation. If the information is not favorably resolved, the individual is removed from Federal service.

Other TSA employees undergo a similar investigation process. A pre-employment check is conducted to determine suitability, followed by a second, more in-depth investigation. The particulars of the second investigation are determined by the level of access required for the position (e.g., Secret or Top Secret) after the employee begins employment. According to OPM's quarterly report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005) a Minimum Background Investigation for TSA employees who require access to Secret information takes approximately 27 days when priority service is required, and 106 days when standard service is needed.

All airline and airport employees and contractors who require unescorted access to secure areas of the airport are subject to both fingerprint-based criminal history record checks and name-based background checks. Prior to employment, airlines and airports send fingerprints and other biographical information to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Transportation Security
Clearinghouse, which conducts quality control on the information, accepts paper and electronic fingerprint submissions, converts the paper fingerprint submissions into an electronic format, and formats all data received into a single format for TSA. TSA then transmits to the FBI the necessary biographical information and fingerprint data to conduct a criminal history records check. The FBI returns the results of its criminal history records check to TSA's secure Fingerprint Results Distribution website, where airline and airport employer security representatives can access the information and adjudicate the results based on 28 disqualifying criminal offenses, which include forgery, unlawful possession of a weapon or explosive material, interfering with a flight crew or flight attendants, certain violent crimes causing bodily injury or death, treason, extortion, arson, and conspiracy. The disqualifying offenses are identified in section 44936(b) of Title 49 United States Code and implemented by 49 CFR 1542.209(d).

Simultaneous with the FBI's criminal history records check, TSA conducts a name-based security threat assessment against approximately ten databases that include information related to suspected or actual terrorist activity, suspicious immigration and identify theft activity, and criminal wants and warrants. Beginning in September 2005, TSA began using a system of "perpetual" name-based vetting of all TSA, airline, airport, and airport vendor employees and contractors. Under this system, each time a name is added to any one of the databases, all individuals who currently have unescorted access to secure areas are immediately checked against the new information.

AND as an American, you should know that a criminal offense in MOST jobs is not a cause for automatic elimination. Obviously, you've never employed someone.
 
2010-11-24 08:24:46 PM  
Airport protest never takes off, few delays seen.
Link

The big Opt-Out looked like a big bust Wednesday as most of the Thanksgiving travelers selected for full-body scans and pat-down searches chose to submit to them rather than create havoc on one of the busiest flying days of the year. In fact, in some parts of the U.S., bad weather was shaping up as a bigger threat to travelers' hopes of getting to their destinations on time.

The Transportation Security Administration said few people seemed to be opting out. Some protesters did show up, including one man seen walking around the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and others carrying signs denouncing the TSA's screening methods as unnecessarily intrusive and embarrassing.


Like standing around in a Speedo isn't embarrassing.
 
2010-11-24 08:26:00 PM  
And my personal favorite from that article:

Protest organizers - some of whom had no plans themselves to fly on Wednesday - were not prepared to declare the event a flop, saying the publicity alone cranked up pressure on the White House and the TSA to review their security measures.

"The TSA now talks about re-evaluating everything," said James Babb, an organizer for one of the protest groups, We Won't Fly. "That is a tremendous victory for a grass-roots movement."


Yeah, the TSA said they might talk about it. BIG WIN.
 
2010-11-24 08:26:50 PM  

zabadu: Like standing around in a Speedo isn't embarrassing.


Perhaps some people aren't embarrassed by the scans but offended that they're even being done in the first place? But you don't think, you just worship the TSA.
 
2010-11-24 08:28:03 PM  

zabadu: Yeah, the TSA said they might talk about it. BIG WIN.


Yeah, I know. An insular bureaucratic agency that exists solely to feed money into contractors is leveraging its position to ignore the citizens of this country. Big surprise there. Nothing like relying on the ignorance and fealty of the masses to fark everyone over.
 
2010-11-24 08:32:06 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-safety-security/1152508-list-ai​r​ports-con f irmed-not-using-ait-today.html#post15275124


Page not found
 
2010-11-24 08:36:07 PM  
Ah hahahahaha! Nine guys reporting if their airport is using a scanner. One airport didn't even have them installed yet!!


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A list of Airports CONFIRMED to NOT be using AIT Today
We need a list of airports that have the scanners but are not in use, or are in use but are used VERY VERY sporadically...

this forum is littered with reports from flyers reporting very light use or no use at all of the scanners...

a comprehensive list would be helpful..

which airport (maybe a breakdown of the actual name instead of the 3 letter call sign) which terminal, and does it have a scanner and is it in use?

Edit:

BOS unconfirmed (Boston?)
MCO Unconfirmed
**PHX Confirmed Not in Use (Pheonix)
IAH - In use
JFK - in USe

[D/FW] airport has 16 checkpoints in five passenger terminals, and most of them were operating with the standard metal detectors. Several checkpoints in terminals C and D are now equipped with body scanning machines, but TSA screeners appeared to be using them only sporadically.

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You could go ahead and consolidate the fragmentary reports yourself.
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I'm at SLC now. No AIT in use at T1, however it is in use at T2. Traffic is really light. There were protesters here earlier but they had left by the time I got here.
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BOS unconfirmed (Boston?)
a friend of mine was scanned at BOS today -- terminal B, AA side.
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Going in and out of T1 sec at ORD, there is a definate reduced operation (I'd say half), witnessed an opt out just being let through the Metal Detector without the grope.
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BWI terminal C did not have scanners as of today. Terminal A/B looked like they did as the shuttle drove me by but I cannot confirm that.
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I couldn't find one at PHL today.

HOU has not had them installed
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BWI terminal C did not have scanners as of today.
BWI terminal C doesn't have the scanners installed yet, so no big surprise there.
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Reporters at LAX all day, showing lines with empty/unused/roped off backscatter machines. Very sparse or no use (and fewer flyers than two years ago, about the same as last year).
 
2010-11-24 08:37:38 PM  
I wonder how many TSA flipper babies will be born now due to farked up sperm and scrambled egg DNA.

Those numbers aren't included in the cancer stats.
 
2010-11-24 08:39:33 PM  
http://gizmodo.com/5698536/fliers-claim-tsa-have-deactivated-body-scan​ners

The presumption by some is that the TSA has deactivated the AIT machines in an effort to both increase throughput of travelers through the scanning process and to diffuse protest by the grassroots National Out-Out Day movement.

But as the AP photo shows (woman being scanned in AIT), it's not always possible for a single passenger to determine if an airport is using the machines at every terminal or not.

We will update this story as we get more information. If you are flying today, it might be useful to simply ask the TSA officers doing the screening if they are using their AIT machines at all.

Update: The TSA Press Secretary Nicholas Kimball responded to my inquiry-"Was there any sort of TSA-wide policy to not use the machines today or is this an airport-by-airport decision?"-with this statement: "No. Nothing to this at all."
 
2010-11-24 08:40:10 PM  

GORDON: I wonder how many TSA flipper babies will be born now due to farked up sperm and scrambled egg DNA.

Those numbers aren't included in the cancer stats.


The same amount that would be born by their parents getting irradiated just by flying.
 
2010-11-24 08:41:12 PM  
A little radiation is ok, so a little more is even better!

/This sounds like a Fallout thread...
 
2010-11-24 08:44:38 PM  
TSA: Short waits, few opt-outs
By Washington Post Editors

The Transportation Security Administration provided this listing of wait times and numbers of people who opted-out of using body scans Wednesday.

Operational Updates as of 5 p.m. EST:

Atlanta: 39 total advanced imaging technology opt-outs today (out of 47,000 fliers). All were screened and continued to their flights.

Boston: Approximately 56,000 passengers screened with 300 AIT opt-outs, which is less than 1 percent of all travelers and less than a normal day at the airport's 17 AITs. All were screened and continued to their flights. The longest wait time was 12 minutes in terminal A in very early morning.

Colorado Springs: 5-minute average wait time, and no AIT opt-outs.

Charlotte: 18,000 passengers screened, and estimated 24,000 will be screened by end of day. 1 AIT opt-out today.

Chicago O'Hare: The longest wait was 15 minutes at one checkpoint, and has been under 10 minutes airport-wide for the most part.

Cincinnati: The peak wait time was 10 minutes, and average is 5 minutes.

Cleveland: Under 20 minutes for wait times all day, with a 10-minute average. Current wait times are less than 5 minutes.

Dallas/Fort Worth: One opt-out today, and wait times consistently under 12 minutes.

Dallas Love Field: Wait times under 3 minutes.

Denver: Current wait times are 3-4 minutes per checkpoint.

Detroit: 25,000 passengers screened today, and 57 AIT opt-outs. All were screened and continued to their flights. No wait time over 20 minutes all day.

Green Bay: Wait time is 3 minutes.

Indianapolis: 24-minute peak this morning at 6 a.m. Nothing near since.

Iowa and Kansas: No disruptions, no wait times greater than 10 minutes. According to federal security director, lots of passenger compliments.

Louisville: 5-10 minute wait times.

Los Angeles: 113 AIT opt-outs across LAX's 8 terminals, which is less than 1 percent of the approximately 50,000 travelers screened at LAX today. All AIT opt-outs were screened and continued to their flights.

Minneapolis: Wait times are currently 5-10 mins. No incidents.

Newark: Average wait times today by terminal were 6 minutes for A and C, 11 minutes for B.

New Orleans: The longest reported wait time was approximately 13 minutes. Six passengers opted out of AIT screening. All were screened and continued to their flights.

Salt Lake City: Wait times no more than 5 minutes at both checkpoints one and two; when open, checkpoint 3 has a 2-minute wait time. Across the airport, we have all lanes open and 6 AITs in operation.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2010/11/tsa_waits_what_wa​its.html
 
2010-11-24 08:44:51 PM  
The herp derp in these treads is mind boggling.
 
2010-11-24 08:47:32 PM  
It all comes down to are you willing to kill 20ish people per year and harm 20ish more almost to death in exchange for MAYBE saving lives later? Not to mention collateral rights damage. Sadly, I think the answer from the govt is we'll take the chances and scan.
 
2010-11-24 08:49:18 PM  

ThisNameSux: The herp derp in these treads is mind boggling.


I know, I wasn't aware that you and zabadu could crank out the TSA-fellating crap that fast.
 
2010-11-24 08:50:04 PM  

Avenger: It all comes down to are you willing to kill 20ish people per year and harm 20ish more almost to death in exchange for MAYBE saving lives later? Not to mention collateral rights damage. Sadly, I think the answer from the govt is we'll take the chances and scan.


No it doesn't and you're a goddamn farking moron. You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis so I guess the only way to keep from dying from it is to put a bullet in your stupid head. Yep, that's the only way to be sure.
 
2010-11-24 08:51:47 PM  
I see zabadu is reduced to just spamming the thread for attention. I think he goes through airport security so somebody will touch his groin.
 
2010-11-24 08:53:38 PM  

ThisNameSux: You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis


Radiation exposure is cumulative. Not really weighing in on the matter, but that particular argument makes no sense.
 
2010-11-24 08:53:54 PM  

ThisNameSux: No it doesn't and you're a goddamn farking moron. You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis so I guess the only way to keep from dying from it is to put a bullet in your stupid head. Yep, that's the only way to be sure.


If you're so afraid of terrorists why not take your own advice and relieve yourself of any chance a terrorist might kill you?
 
2010-11-24 08:54:19 PM  

ThisNameSux: Really this shiat again?

A scan is the equivalent of...

3 minutes of flying at altitude

17 minutes everyday living

Keep on herping that derp.

By the way, good job on those protests today. The internet really showed the evil TSA.


OMG thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I was beginning to think that simply reading this thread was detrimental to my intelligence.
 
2010-11-24 08:57:04 PM  

ThisNameSux: Avenger: It all comes down to are you willing to kill 20ish people per year and harm 20ish more almost to death in exchange for MAYBE saving lives later? Not to mention collateral rights damage. Sadly, I think the answer from the govt is we'll take the chances and scan.

No it doesn't and you're a goddamn farking moron. You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis so I guess the only way to keep from dying from it is to put a bullet in your stupid head. Yep, that's the only way to be sure.


well what about the multiple non-radiation objections? starting with the fact this shiat doesn't stop anything...it's just security theater at the taxpayers' expense.
 
2010-11-24 08:57:46 PM  

jingks: ThisNameSux: You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis

Radiation exposure is cumulative. Not really weighing in on the matter, but that particular argument makes no sense.


Flying exposes you to a lot more radiation that a scan does and yet you wait in line to be scanned so you can fly. Does that make any farking sense?
 
2010-11-24 08:57:58 PM  

zabadu: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Getting the grope/Nude-o-scope is not a "regular screening" here, either. Many passengers are still sent through the metal detectors and on their way, as they always were.

It's completely unclear why or how people are chosen for the NoS, and then, what exactly can trigger the further groping (you have the option to skip straight to the groping, however at least one TSA manager has been disciplined in Atlanta for failing to grok that; she apparently gets it now).

One observer said it was 70% women who were sent through the NoS, which sounded like propaganda until the story about the airport security rapist guy broke:

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO137343/

Gotta be an attractive job for perverts.

And no, they don't *have* to have a GED, and they don't have to have a clean criminal record either.

Bullshiat.

TSA Transportation Security Officers, who conduct passenger, baggage, and cargo screening at airports, undergo a two-part background investigation process. TSO applicants are first subject to a pre-employment background investigation. This investigation features the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Special Agreement Check which is a fingerprint based criminal history check that is processed through the FBI. If the pre-employment investigation is favorable and the applicant accepts a position with TSA, the individual then is subject to further background checks through OPM's Access National Agency Check with Inquiries (ANACI). The TSO is permitted to begin employment while the ANACI is underway. If derogatory information is developed, the individual is afforded an opportunity to address the information obtained during the investigation. If the information is not favorably resolved, the individual is removed from Federal service.

Other TSA employees undergo a similar investigation process. A pre-employment check is conducted to determine suitability, followed by a second, more in-depth investigation. The particulars of the second investigation are determined by the level of access required for the position (e.g., Secret or Top Secret) after the employee begins employment. According to OPM's quarterly report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005) a Minimum Background Investigation for TSA employees who require access to Secret information takes approximately 27 days when priority service is required, and 106 days when standard service is needed.

All airline and airport employees and contractors who require unescorted access to secure areas of the airport are subject to both fingerprint-based criminal history record checks and name-based background checks. Prior to employment, airlines and airports send fingerprints and other biographical information to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Transportation Security Clearinghouse, which conducts quality control on the information, accepts paper and electronic fingerprint submissions, converts the paper fingerprint submissions into an electronic format, and formats all data received into a single format for TSA. TSA then transmits to the FBI the necessary biographical information and fingerprint data to conduct a criminal history records check. The FBI returns the results of its criminal history records check to TSA's secure Fingerprint Results Distribution website, where airline and airport employer security representatives can access the information and adjudicate the results based on 28 disqualifying criminal offenses, which include forgery, unlawful possession of a weapon or explosive material, interfering with a flight crew or flight attendants, certain violent crimes causing bodily injury or death, treason, extortion, arson, and conspiracy. The disqualifying offenses are identified in section 44936(b) of Title 49 United States Code and implemented by 49 CFR 1542.209(d).

Simultaneous with the FBI's criminal history records check, TSA conducts a name-based security threat assessment against approximately ten databases that include information related ...


You're very naive (and more longwinded even than me).

In California, a person can go to community college without a GED. They can enroll in Transitional Studies. If they have 6 units, the TSA will hire them. There are many people hired in this category.

They only screen for the past 10 years of a TSA worker's life, and misdemeanors may be discounted. I know this because I know a TSA worker who has 2 misdemeanors from when he was 18, he's now 33 and has been working both TSA and airport side security for 8 years.

Also, my brother is an airline pilot, and we both know several miscreants who work for TSA in our home state. But don't just take my brother's word for it (or mine), do your own research.

You can start here:

http://www.salon.com/technology/ask_the_pilot/2010/11/22/tsa_screening​_of_pilot s /index.html

They will fire a TSO if they are charged with a crime after a hire, but their screenings only going back 10 years.

And then there's this story (again involving a felony committed at an early age):

http://www2.wsls.com/news/2010/feb/04/tsa_orders_richmond_airport_to_g​ive_secur i ty_clear-ar-371878/

Here where I live, we had a superior court judge still on the bench with two misdemeanor drunk driving convictions. It wasn't until he got a felony conviction for driving his car through his ex-wife's house and went to jail that he was permanently removed from the bench (he was paid on administrative leave right up until the day of conviction, although I believe they are trying to get some money back from him).

I spent years working for a law firm here in town that discretely handled criminal misdemeanor cases for a wide variety of folk.

If you had an honest poll of farkers, you'd be surprised how many engineers, pilots, teachers, doctors, nurses and Indian chiefs have a misdemeanor...
 
2010-11-24 08:59:04 PM  

jingks: ThisNameSux: You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis

Radiation exposure is cumulative. Not really weighing in on the matter, but that particular argument makes no sense.


It kinda does make sense. Yes, you are technically exposed to more radiation from this machine than if you weren't going through the scanner, but proportionately it's the equivalent of just standing around for, what was it, 17 minutes? If you're terrified of that then you're also one of those idiots who lost their shiat over the RADIOACTIVE granite kitchen counters story (could your kitchen counters be exposing YOUR KIDS to DEADLY RADIATION? More at 11).

The whole argument becomes moot when it is also brought up that these scanners do nothing to make us any safer. The damn thing could be turned off and it would be equally effective. Why bicker about the piddly amount of radiation these things expose you to when the end result is that these stupid machines do nothing to make us safer? How can THAT not be the main topic of conversation?
 
2010-11-24 08:59:34 PM  

zabadu: TSA: Short waits, few opt-outs
By Washington Post Editors

The Transportation Security Administration provided this listing of wait times and numbers of people who opted-out of using body scans Wednesday.

Operational Updates as of 5 p.m. EST:

Atlanta: 39 total advanced imaging technology opt-outs today (out of 47,000 fliers). All were screened and continued to their flights.

Boston: Approximately 56,000 passengers screened with 300 AIT opt-outs, which is less than 1 percent of all travelers and less than a normal day at the airport's 17 AITs. All were screened and continued to their flights. The longest wait time was 12 minutes in terminal A in very early morning.

Colorado Springs: 5-minute average wait time, and no AIT opt-outs.

Charlotte: 18,000 passengers screened, and estimated 24,000 will be screened by end of day. 1 AIT opt-out today.

Chicago O'Hare: The longest wait was 15 minutes at one checkpoint, and has been under 10 minutes airport-wide for the most part.

Cincinnati: The peak wait time was 10 minutes, and average is 5 minutes.

Cleveland: Under 20 minutes for wait times all day, with a 10-minute average. Current wait times are less than 5 minutes.

Dallas/Fort Worth: One opt-out today, and wait times consistently under 12 minutes.

Dallas Love Field: Wait times under 3 minutes.

Denver: Current wait times are 3-4 minutes per checkpoint.

Detroit: 25,000 passengers screened today, and 57 AIT opt-outs. All were screened and continued to their flights. No wait time over 20 minutes all day.

Green Bay: Wait time is 3 minutes.

Indianapolis: 24-minute peak this morning at 6 a.m. Nothing near since.

Iowa and Kansas: No disruptions, no wait times greater than 10 minutes. According to federal security director, lots of passenger compliments.

Louisville: 5-10 minute wait times.

Los Angeles: 113 AIT opt-outs across LAX's 8 terminals, which is less than 1 percent of the approximately 50,000 travelers screened at LAX today. All AIT opt-outs were screened and continued to their flights.

Minneapolis: Wait times are currently 5-10 mins. No incidents.

Newark: Average wait times today by terminal were 6 minutes for A and C, 11 minutes for B.

New Orleans: The longest reported wait time was approximately 13 minutes. Six passengers opted out of AIT screening. All were screened and continued to their flights.

Salt Lake City: Wait times no more than 5 minutes at both checkpoints one and two; when open, checkpoint 3 has a 2-minute wait time. Across the airport, we have all lanes open and 6 AITs in operation.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dr-gridlock/2010/11/tsa_waits_what_wa​its.html


Are you trying to set a record for longest quoted post? Because I don't think you're going to win (see above).
 
2010-11-24 09:00:47 PM  
Adding some fuel to the fire.

/would still opt out
//not a necessary dose; yes you get a dose when you fly, but scanners are nothing but security theater
//also believe it's no different than random strip searches on the street without probable cause
 
2010-11-24 09:03:39 PM  

jingks: ThisNameSux: You are exposed to a lot more radiation on a daily basis

Radiation exposure is cumulative. Not really weighing in on the matter, but that particular argument makes no sense.


Moving from a seaside area to a mountainous area with a lot of granite around would expose you to much more on a daily basis than going through one of these machines over and over.

Radon gas, emitted by granite, is the #2 cause of lung cancer.

I do think the concern about local skin dose is worthy of study and comment, as are the hardware failsafes to prevent machine failure and localized overexposure. Technical information regarding these two things should be released.
 
2010-11-24 09:04:53 PM  

ThisNameSux: Flying exposes you to a lot more radiation that a scan does and yet you wait in line to be scanned so you can fly. Does that make any farking sense?


Still doesn't apply. It's sort of parallel to prostate cancer (over)screening using PSA. If the problems caused by the screening outweigh the benefits it's in general public best interest not to screen.

Why not just outlaw planes? That way no one is exposed to radiation at all. The reason that won't happen is because the benefits (be it economic or not) of flying out weight the costs. X-ray screening doesn't.

Anyhow, why are the states even using backscatter X-ray and not millimeter wave scanners? That would clear up any radiation exposure health risks. Many countries use the latter.
 
2010-11-24 09:05:24 PM  

jake3988: moops: Radiation from flying at 35,000 feet >>>>>>>> Radiation from these scanner
===========================================

You'd need to fly about a hundred million times higher than 35000 feet to get subject to cosmic radiation.

And you think WE'RE stupid?

God.

/I've had enough of this thread. The dumbasses are out in full force.


You get cosmic radiation even on the surface. The atmosphere doesn't stop all of it.

bangmaid: I wonder how much radiation you get from standing in front of a microwave or putting a cell phone to your head?


In the sense "radiation" is commonly used, none. The frequency involved is very different.
 
2010-11-24 09:07:54 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I see zabadu is reduced to just spamming the thread for attention. I think he goes through airport security so somebody will touch his groin.


Gee, posting FACTS is spamming? You guys just can't stand that you didn't win. That travel wasn't stopped. That no one caused a scene.

PS: You might want to determine someones sex before making a stupid comment.
 
2010-11-24 09:07:59 PM  
We could get rid of the scanners and extend all flights by 5 minutes and none of you farks would have a problem. But remember, it's all about the health risks, right?
 
2010-11-24 09:08:32 PM  
The air at ground zero was safe.
 
2010-11-24 09:10:45 PM  

darkvstar:

radprotect.comView Full Size

fashion accessory for the frequent traveler...


Unfortunately, such things don't read at the levels involved. Note the lowest exposure bar is 2 rads.
 
2010-11-24 09:11:10 PM  

jingks: If the problems caused by the screening outweigh the benefits it's in general public best interest not to screen.


You can drive to your destination so we need to ban all air travel.
 
2010-11-24 09:11:48 PM  

Atypical Person Reading Fark: zabadu: Atypical Person Reading Fark: Getting the grope/Nude-o-scope is not a "regular screening" here, either. Many passengers are still sent through the metal detectors and on their way, as they always were.

It's completely unclear why or how people are chosen for the NoS, and then, what exactly can trigger the further groping (you have the option to skip straight to the groping, however at least one TSA manager has been disciplined in Atlanta for failing to grok that; she apparently gets it now).

One observer said it was 70% women who were sent through the NoS, which sounded like propaganda until the story about the airport security rapist guy broke:

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO137343/

Gotta be an attractive job for perverts.

And no, they don't *have* to have a GED, and they don't have to have a clean criminal record either.

Bullshiat.

TSA Transportation Security Officers, who conduct passenger, baggage, and cargo screening at airports, undergo a two-part background investigation process. TSO applicants are first subject to a pre-employment background investigation. This investigation features the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Special Agreement Check which is a fingerprint based criminal history check that is processed through the FBI. If the pre-employment investigation is favorable and the applicant accepts a position with TSA, the individual then is subject to further background checks through OPM's Access National Agency Check with Inquiries (ANACI). The TSO is permitted to begin employment while the ANACI is underway. If derogatory information is developed, the individual is afforded an opportunity to address the information obtained during the investigation. If the information is not favorably resolved, the individual is removed from Federal service.

Other TSA employees undergo a similar investigation process. A pre-employment check is conducted to determine suitability, followed by a second, more in-depth investigation. The particulars of the second investigation are determined by the level of access required for the position (e.g., Secret or Top Secret) after the employee begins employment. According to OPM's quarterly report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005) a Minimum Background Investigation for TSA employees who require access to Secret information takes approximately 27 days when priority service is required, and 106 days when standard service is needed.

All airline and airport employees and contractors who require unescorted access to secure areas of the airport are subject to both fingerprint-based criminal history record checks and name-based background checks. Prior to employment, airlines and airports send fingerprints and other biographical information to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Transportation Security Clearinghouse, which conducts quality control on the information, accepts paper and electronic fingerprint submissions, converts the paper fingerprint submissions into an electronic format, and formats all data received into a single format for TSA. TSA then transmits to the FBI the necessary biographical information and fingerprint data to conduct a criminal history records check. The FBI returns the results of its criminal history records check to TSA's secure Fingerprint Results Distribution website, where airline and airport employer security representatives can access the information and adjudicate the results based on 28 disqualifying criminal offenses, which include forgery, unlawful possession of a weapon or explosive materia