Threats might be credible, but there's a more insidious risk in banning laptops and tablets from flight cabins.
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Does taking off your shoes, emptying your pockets and putting your laptop in a little plastic bin make you feel safe? Maybe it shouldn't. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is doing a lousy job. Like, "failed to detect mock weapons 95 per cent of the time" lousy.
The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travellers are a threat or not. And as much as it sucks to go through the TSA's invasive X-ray and scanning checkpoints, it turns out the TSA's tactics are pretty messed up even when they're low-tech.
We may shake our heads at the TSA's antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past US airport security in 2014.
Along with shoe X-rays and toiletries in ziploc bags, we can now welcome fever checks as the latest addition to airport security theatre. Today, US officials announced they will screen passengers coming to five major airports from the African countries hit worst by Ebola — despite no real evidence that it will make us safer.
The TSA's full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They're a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials, for one. They're also insanely easy to trick. We've suspected as much for some time now, but a team of university researchers just confirmed some scary security flaws.
If you're tired of almost having to completely undress as you're herded like cattle through airport security, there's an entire subset of the clothing industry designed to make that ordeal a little more bearable. Like Hummus Apparel's new line of belts featuring a buckle that can be easily slipped off and dropped in a bin, instead of having to remove your entire belt.
A week in the life of the TSA is already ridiculously productive. What about seven months? The TSA published a 2012 year to date report to reveal what the apocalypse year has brought through airport security and it's a doozy of bizarre weapons. Things like guns and bombs aren't enough anymore, the TSA finds grenade launchers, venomous snakes, gassed up chainsaws and more.
In a $28 million security upgrade, new “no scan, no fly” laws are expected to be proposed this week for Aussie international airports — removing the option to request a pat down instead. After trials last year, full body scanners (from the same company used in US checkpoints) will roll out in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast and Cairns. Here’s what they look like.
Backscatter X-ray machines may or may not be carcinogenic. The European Union isn't taking any chances, but the TSA is so confident in their safety that it likely won't conduct the additional tests it promised the US Senate.
Taking disabled people's toys, exposing women's breasts, making women remove their prosthetic breasts: seems TSA agents never stop figuring out new ways to be sadistic. Now comes word that some agents made a wheelchair-bound, 95-year-old woman with final-stage leukemia take off her adult diaper for pat-down purposes.