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Don't make fun of TSA employee Rolando Negin's small junk, or he will beat you with a club.  (Source: MSNBC)

President Obama has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to pepper airports with the scanners, which have been shown in independent tests not to accurately detect plastic, powder, liquid weapons, or explosives.  (Source: AP)
One worker is now in jail after assaulting a co-worker who teased him about his small genitalia

Rolando Negrin, 44, had a pretty good life including a steady job with the Transportation Security Administration.  However, when he stepped into a full body scanner during a training session and it revealed him to have rather small genitalia, he quickly became the butt of his supervisor's jokes.

Filled with rage at the insults to his manhood, Negrin confronted his boss in the airport parking lot, armed with a police baton.  He struck the man on the arm and back.  A police report describes, "[Negrin] then told victim to kneel down and say 'your sorry'.  Victim stated he was in fear and complied with [Negrin]."

Surprisingly, Negrin made no attempt to flee following the attack.  He showed up at work the next day, acting as if nothing had happened.  He was promptly arrested.  He was booked into the Miami-Dade jail.  He was wearing his blue TSA shirt at the time of his arrest.

The incident raises serious questions about the full body scanners that the Obama administrationis looking to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money to roll out at airports across the country.

Homeland Security and TSA officials, as well as the scanner manufacturers have previously claimed that the scanners blur private parts.  The incident clearly indicates that if these capabilities are present, they aren't on in at least some of the scanners -- a serious privacy concern.

Beyond the privacy concerns, there's also concern over the efficacy of the new scanners.  British experts say that the scanners are virtually useless at detecting low density substances like chemical powders or liquids, and would be unlikely to detect plastic weapons.

Despite these concerns the U.S. and British governments are charging ahead with plans to roll out the controversial devices.  It looks likely that the U.S. may soon implement a no-scan-no-fly policy, much like Britain.



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RE: What can I say?
By FaaR on 5/8/2010 7:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
Who said the crotch area isn't shown? In fact this whole news post is about the fact it IS shown - at least sometimes.

The machine is supposed to BLUR 'sensitive' areas, not hide them completely.

Besides, if the machine detects what it think is a harmful object, undoubtedly it'll fire off an alert even if you stuff the junk down your drawers. But nevermind logic, just go off on your anti-obama rant whydoncha. :D


RE: What can I say?
By Alexstarfire on 5/8/2010 9:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think you missed the logic. Do X-Ray scanners go off when a gun passes through it? No. Why should this scanner be any different? You're going to need visual conformation which is why we have actual people looking at them. If a robot could do his job then we'd get a robot to do it. They'd be cheaper and wouldn't care about "junk."


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