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Advanced Imaging Technology: Storing, Exporting and Printing of Images

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's being reported that the Advanced Imaging Technology (also known as body scanners) being used by TSA has the ability to store, print and export images.

The truth is, the procurement specifications require these machines be capable of functioning in both a screening operation environment at the airport, and in a test mode environment. A test mode would be used at our testing facilities at the Transportation Security Integration Facility (TSIF) and the Transportation Security Lab (TSL). As you can imagine, the ability to store, export and print are crucial in a testing environment. TSA documents and manages approved configurations for all procured equipment, which are verified both in the factory and in the field prior to operational use.

All functionality to store, export or print images is disabled before these machines are delivered to airport checkpoints. There is no way for Transportation Security Officers in the airport environment to place the machines into test mode.

The Privacy Impact Statement (PIA), versions of which have been out since 2007, have each said the same thing: "While the equipment has the capability of collecting and storing an image, the image storage functions will be disabled by the manufacturer before the devices are placed in an airport and will not have the capability to be activated by operators."

AIT machines do have USB, hard disc and Ethernet capabilities, but these are for limited data transfer only - an officer's user ID, log-in and log-out time, and statistical data. Images cannot be transmitted or stored. Also, these machines are not networked, so they cannot be hacked.

TSA has been forthcoming with the traveling public about this technology, including the strong privacy protections we have in place. We've posted many times on Advanced Imaging Technology and you can read more on our blog and at TSA.gov .

Also, contrary to popular rumor, AIT portals cannot "beam you up ."

On a slightly unrelated note, there are many different inaccurate images circulating out there. Below, you will see accurate examples of what our officers see while using advanced imaging technology. Anything else you see is inaccurate.



Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

Blah blah blah, those same old images again eh? We want unmodified, full resolution, RECENT scan output data. One of the blog team should submit to a body scan. Anything less, and we must take your statements as the lies they have so often proven to be in the past. Hey Bob, guess what? Your agency has ZERO credibility, and as their public spokesman, you personally have even less, being, as you are, a TSA man to the last with no interest in justice or fair play for the common traveller. Don't bother defending yourself on this charge unless you're willing to go back in the comments archive and answer every question you've ignored.

So officers "can't get the terminals into test mode" eh? Well, since you seem to be admitting that the scanners are interfaced to common PC hardware (with USB, hard disk, etc) I find that very hard to believe. A tech-savvy person with physical access to a computer can make it do almost anything. If "test mode" is restricted by software, and not by hardware, the secret "test mode enabling" keypresses or mouse clicks will eventually surface, becoming an open secret among TSOs who will commence sharing the hottest naked ladies amongst themselves. You had better hope those images never hit the internet because while the public can (somehow!) forgive your consistently mediocre performance and your bone-headed reactionary policy-setting, one thing the American public fear above all else are naked bodies (especially the conservatives responsible for your agency's continued existence) so once you guys start getting called pornographers it'll be the beginning of the end. Personally, I've got a $100.00 bet going that you guys will screw up and have a scanner-related security breach in the next 24 months. I expect to win my wager. Good luck though!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hi Bob,
Are the picture posted here the same size and resolution that the operator sees ?

Submitted by RB on

Rep. Chaffetz wrote an article in this week's Newsweek outlining his opposition to the Nude-o-Scope. Some highlights:


Quote:
Early last year Salt Lake City International Airport began testing a new device called a whole-body-imaging (WBI) scanner. The process seemed simple enough: people pass through the scanner with their arms above their heads, then wait a few seconds while a screener reviews the image. Last spring I met with the Transportation Security Administration in Utah to find out more about it. I had seen some of the images in news stories and on television—but, as I learned, there's a big difference between the two-inch image in the newspaper and the one the TSA sees on an oversize screen. As I looked at those detailed images, I imagined my wife and children having to pass through that scanner. I resolved that no one should be forced to expose their body to total strangers to secure an airplane.End Quote

Quote:
But if we could all see the full-size images that TSA screeners see, many would think twice about surrendering privacy. The images leave little to the imagination, exposing passengers' bodies in sufficient detail for screeners to count the change in our pockets and see beads of sweat on our backs—not to mention intimate, gender-specific details. End Quote
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Bob are you stating that the Congressman is being dishonest about the quality of the images he was shown?

You mention the PIA. Why did TSA state brochures would be available to the public in order to gain their consent to WBI "Strip Search" screening and none were available?

Why was signage as required by the PIA not properly deployed?

It is clear that the WBI "Strip Search" machines can store images. A quick software update is all it would take to enable those functions.

Why does TSA feel the need to mislead the public at every turn?

Submitted by Russ on

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Submitted by Carp on

You know, as a technologist myself, I understand, technology is much easier to talk about than policy.

Let me go on record here... way cool stuff. I think its awesome that some researcher figured this out, and is showing it off. I think the applications for these sorts of scanners in all manner of industries will be useful as hell.

The policy though... asking all of us to give up every last bit of our privacy to the prying eyes of a security gaurd working for the federal government....

Isn't that kind of extreme? And for what? Why don't you think its extreme?

When we have to admit, tragedies can't be avoided, why do we engage in futile efforts? Don't you realize that ALL your doing is making people more scared by making the bogeyman terrorists look like a real threat?

Do the nations so called "top security experts" really have so little regard for people that they are willing to safegaurd their own jobs and buidgets at the expense of bolstering the causes of terrorists? Thats ALL I see. I see you doing exactly what they ask you to do.

Every bomb plot is a request "please add more security here". When they have too many failures in a row, they will branch out to trains, to shopping malls. Nobody is being protected, if anything, you are encouraging them to try harder!

I, for one, will not fly if these are installed. End of story. I feel far less safe having to come under the scrutiny of people who could just choose to ruin my whole day and harass me for ridiculous reasons that I don't have any respect for than I am of the one in a billion terrorists who, realistically, are less likely to be on my flight than a winning lottery ticket.

These seem like much harder issues to me.

But maybe I am the only one who has seen authority figures wantonly abuse their power and escape ramifications? Maybe I am the only one who has been harassed by a police officer because he made unwarranted assumptions about what I was doing, and felt he had the right to give me an attitude about it without verifying his assumptions.

You are exposing millions of people to unprecedented levels of scrutiny for simple domestic travel, thats millions of chances to make a mistake. Chances for egos to mash and tempers to flare. Chances that could ruin someones day, life, or career.

All for what? To make an insignificant handful of killers go kill their innocents somewhere else?

-Steve

Submitted by RB on

Are the images posted with this blog article that TSA claims are the "real" images the same size and resolution seen by a TSA screener?

Give us a link to a full size image with the magnifer tool engaged.

Submitted by Jim Huggins on

Bob:

"Disabled" or "removed"? Any function that is disabled can be re-enabled at some future time.

And I'm skeptical about the claim that "there is no way for TSOs to place the machines into test mode". If there's a way for someone else to put the machine into test mode, then there's a way for an unauthorized person to do so, too. That's how security holes happen.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bob,

I don't always like you guys at the TSA, and I often think the organization is a bloated, inefficient, civil-rights-hating bureaucracy, but I DO appreciate you addressing hot issues in a timely manner and providing the facts.

Submitted by Anonymous on

How about addressing the issue of what WBI cannot see, Bob?

Submitted by Mr Gel-pack on

So just how does this technology prevent an operator from taking picture of the screen?

Submitted by Mr Gel-pack on

"On a slightly unrelated note, there are many different inaccurate images circulating out there. Below, you will see accurate examples of what our officers see while using advanced imaging technology. Anything else you see is inaccurate."

So you/TSA are saying that the images in this video are innaccurate; the images are 192 pixels high and the the officers cannot zoom in? I do not believe you.

Submitted by Bob on

So does the operator of one of these twisted pervert nude scanners have to submit to it prior to using the operator console? You know, to check to make sure he doesn't have any cameras on him/her that can be used to take pictures of the images?

Please answer the question.

Submitted by Anonymous on

How is this functionality disabled?

Is it a software setting?
If that is the case how is access to this setting managed? Passwords? How many people have access to this setting?
Anyone at the airport? Are you sure?
Is there any process to periodically verify this functionality has not be re-enabled?

If this is a hardware modification how is that accomplished?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bob, why are you incapable of answering perfectly legitimate questions about these strip-search machines? Why is TSA incapable of telling the truth about them?

Submitted by RB on

Russ said...
Bob, your comment censorship policies are a blatant content regulation and violate the First Amendment. If the federal government provides a forum for public speech, or creates one on a private company's servers (as you have, using Google's), I don't think you have the right to moderate comments posted to the forum at all, unless they're somehow obscene or libelous. I think you better have your lawyers look into the legality of what you're doing.

Moreover, these pervert vision machines you're so excited about are extremely creepy, and I have serious doubts about the morality of the people who want to do this.

January 13, 2010 11:30 AM

Russ, TSA employs "Francine the Googling Lawyer".

Do a little checking and you'll see why TSA has no issues with violations of the law or Constitution.

Submitted by Jeffrey on

Bob,

Are you able to comment on what improvements might be made to the human component of TSA. Specifically about raising new hire eligibility requirements and and improving the quality of new hire training?

It would seem to me that even though TSA is improving its technology, you would still need people with the ability to use it effectivly.

Submitted by Ayn R Key on

Bob,

I'm an engineer. I know a few things about technology as a result.

For instance, I know that any capability that is disabled is one that can be re-enabled. That applies to your ability to store and transmit images.

I also know that any capability that has been downgraded, such as the resolution of the images, can be reset to its initial level.

And I know that you can do those without telling us.

I've seen the livelink video. It's quite embarrassing for the TSA.

One more thing.

Do you remember when I gave you permission to you my writing about the medical safety of the mmw? How it isn't bad for your health? In that writing I made a point about how mmw, UNLIKE X-RAY, is safe. You have an image of an mmw and an image of a backscatter X-Ray. You are not medical professionals and you are exposing the traveling public to medical harm every time you use X-rays on them. If you do intend to use my essay on the safety of mmw, I insist that you highlight the fact that I was not discussing back-scatter at all, and in fact my essay explicitly does not apply to back-scatter.

Submitted by Ayn R Key on

I just read that General McChrystal wants 40,000 more troops to deal with all the IEDs in Afghanistan. Well, I've got a deal for him. Let's send him 100,000 TSOs, since they are all experts on explosives, and that way they're not clogging up our airports with phony security measures.

Submitted by Randy on

Big Sigh...

I have seen better images on the Today Show a few weeks ago. Please don't insult us with these small low resolution images.

I understand that it will be against policy for TSA agents to put the AIT into test mode, but as someone else already mentioned, once the genie is out of the bottle and *everyone* knows how to put it into test mode, it will be impossible for the TSA to stop.

You also stated that the AIT has an Ethernet port and are *not* Networked. These two are inconsistent. I understand that the AIT may not have an ethernet cable attached, but I also don't know if there would be other maintenance or testing functions that would require the network connection.

Also, as long as there are any external ports like the USB, the system *can* be hacked. Saying that it is impossible is simply an invitation to try.

I agree with other posters that you or any other TSA or DHS personnel should publish *their* full resolution image. In other words, put your money where your mouth is. If it's no big deal for the general public, then that shouldn't be a problem for you.

You would also help yourself considerably, if you simply responded to even a few of anyone's questions.

Randy

Submitted by Anonymous on

I've seen tens of thousands of people doing my job, screening their luggage and their person. I've seen every food item known to human kind, every kill from hunting, every liquid, gel and spray, every clothing item ever invented, every electronic gadget thought of, every crabby person, every nice person, every state of dress (yes even naked), every destination, every average joe/jane, even a national hero. What reason would I have to keep and store images of faceless people who go through a scanner? Do you really think that a TSO with over 15,000 hours of duty would care about these images? When I'm not working, my life revoloves around my family and free time. Not some nasty bear skin trophy stuffed into a roller bag, ticks and all, for some taxidermist/hunter on his/her way home from the vacation of a lifetime. My life is a Dad and Husband who happens to be a TSO.

Submitted by Chris Boyce on

To follow up on this post from Jim Huggins:


Bob:

"Disabled" or "removed"? Any function that is disabled can be re-enabled at some future time.

And I'm skeptical about the claim that "there is no way for TSOs to place the machines into test mode". If there's a way for someone else to put the machine into test mode, then there's a way for an unauthorized person to do so, too. That's how security holes happen.

January 13, 2010 11:39 AM

1. Who independently verifies that the save capability is in fact disabled when it leaves the factory?

2. Who can authorize a strip search machine put back into test mode at an airport? (Don't tell me you don't have local maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.) Who verifies, and how do you verify, that the strip search machine is put back into operational mode after maintenance?

We're still waiting for a high-ranking DHS and TSA official to post images of themselves and their family. If you really want to sell these things to the public and members of Congress such as Rep. Chaffetz, and, given your track record lately, what do you have to lose?

Submitted by Anonymous on

You people need to get a job. I am flabbergasted at the ignorance and pure arrogance of those who are blogging here. You are all messed up. For Gods sake you get screened when you go into a football game now. I don't hear any complaining about that. What about hat you have to give , as far as, information for your Drivers license or passport and i don't hear any complaints about that. Get over it and move on. It's onoly been 8 years since the TSA has existed and you still can't accept that it will be here for good. Don't fly.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Oh yeah, Rep. Chaffetz now there's a guy you can hitch your wgaon to.
A politician who is against this. He must not have been able to invest in the technology fast enought to profit from it so he is against it.
Besides who would think "pornographic" thoughts about something as innocuous as airport security. You ahve got to be kidding.

Submitted by HappyToHelp on

Anonymous said...
"My life is a Dad and Husband who happens to be a TSO."

Well said.

Tim
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by HappyToHelp on

RB said...
"You mention the PIA. Why did TSA state brochures would be available to the public in order to gain their consent to WBI "Strip Search" screening and none were available?"

According to the Privacy Impact Assessment Update for TSA Whole Body Imaging July 23, 2009, "Individual participation and consent is exercised by the individual’s selection of the screening method and no individual is required to use WBI for screening. Consent is informed by the availability of signage that explains the technology and shows a sample image."

Tim
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Ayn R Key on
My life is a Dad and Husband who happens to be a TSO.

There are criminals out there who are also husbands and fathers. I do not let their crimes slide because they are fathers and husbands. I do not give the TSOs a break for that exact same reason.
Submitted by Adrian on

Oh come on Tim, don't selectively reply to only two comments...

Submitted by Anonymous on

"According to the Privacy Impact Assessment Update for TSA Whole Body Imaging July 23, 2009, "Individual participation and consent is exercised by the individual’s selection of the screening method and no individual is required to use WBI for screening. Consent is informed by the availability of signage that explains the technology and shows a sample image."

Of course, this is meaningless since TSA routinely fails to inform citizens that the virtual strip-search is optional and signage is rarely posted or visible.

Submitted by Cdy on

Guys,

I don't harbor the outright hostility towards you guys that others seem to, but one basic question keeps popping up re this technology and also a request for information.

The question is whether the ability to store and forward the images is disabled in hardware or software?

The request for info is what do the high resolution images that the TSO will see look like? I do agree it is somewhat misleading to post small low resolution images as an "example" of what the TSO is going to see and say "See, no big deal.".

Submitted by Nancy Toby on

"Anything else you see is inaccurate."

There is no other accurate, better-resolution image anywhere in existence other than these?

Balderdash.

Statements like that diminish your credibility.

Submitted by Cowpatty on

Sounds like all these people wanting larger images with the zoom function enabled are the real perves! Grow up, I would rather grow up than Blow up!

Submitted by Sean5294 on

I don't get it, everyone here is so worried about the image. Everyone here should be worried about the true problem. It has all ready been reported that these machines are completely useless if someone decides to hide something inside a body cavity. (use your imagination here). Al Qaeda has already released videos about using this method and drug smugglers have been doing it for years but are we going to do anything about it? Probably Not
An attack could happen right now and we could not do anything to stop it.
WAKE UP AMERICA!

Submitted by RB on

HappyToHelp said...
RB said...
"You mention the PIA. Why did TSA state brochures would be available to the public in order to gain their consent to WBI "Strip Search" screening and none were available?"

According to the Privacy Impact Assessment Update for TSA Whole Body Imaging July 23, 2009, "Individual participation and consent is exercised by the individual’s selection of the screening method and no individual is required to use WBI for screening. Consent is informed by the availability of signage that explains the technology and shows a sample image."

Tim
TSA Blog Team

January 13, 2010 1:55 PM

Prior to the PIA being changed in July 2009 availability of the brochure was required to gain consent.

TSA tried a slick move by changing the PIA and it now states signage must be in place and a person must consent to screening to gain consent. How can a person give consent when the information (images) in the signage has been manipulated so it does not truly reflect what is being done or is missing or misplaced?

Oh and if you read carefully the Brochures are still required to be at the checkpoint.

I suggest that anyone being screened at locations having WBI "Strip Search" Machines request a brochure. If they are not available let your Congressman know that TSA is not complying with their on rules.

Submitted by Anonymous on

What do you mean these machines are not networked? How are you transmitting the images from the strip search machine to the strip searcher TSO in another room?

Do you have one looooong cable going from the unit to the computer in an undisclosed location?

Doubtful. They are most likely connected to each other via some sort of router, switch or what have you.

Submitted by Randy on

@Cowpatty:

What a load of crap.

Randy -- sorrycouldntresist,althoughitistrue

Submitted by Bob on
Randy said... Big Sigh... I have seen better images on the Today Show a few weeks ago. Please don't insult us with these small low resolution images. January 13, 201012:51 PM

Nancy Toby said... There is no other accurate, better-resolution image anywhere in existence other than these? Balderdash. Statements like that diminish your credibility. January 13, 2010 2:27 PM
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Hello Randy & Nancy:

That was an example of what the image looks like. I wasn't implying it was the actual size and resolution our officers see.

There are images out there that look nothing like what our officers see. One image comes to mind that Matt Drudge and others are using of a woman that is way more graphic than anything I’ve ever seen out there. To date, I have no idea where that photo came from, but I can assure you that is not what our officers see.

I have posted several blog posts with images. We have allowed CNN, The Today Show, and many others to film and photograph our images. We’re not hiding anything. In fact, take a look at this blog post and you’ll see two images you can click on to make larger. You’ll also see several links to video etc.

There is also a video everyone has been talking about at Live Leak (which is not a leak by the way) which shows you what our officers see.

We keep on recieving requests to show the public what we see, and we have done just that. Many times over...

Thanks,

Blogger Bob

TSA Blog Team
Submitted by Anonymous on

Bob,

Please answer two questions:

1. How is the TSA going to resolve images of objects seen in intimate areas with WBIs? Visually search adult diapers and mastectomy prosthesis? Or just believe they are what they seem to be and allow diaper bombs to slip through the crack?

2. How do the images get from the WBI to the screener in the "undisclosed location" if they are not transmitted?

Submitted by Bob on
RB said... You mention the PIA. Why did TSA state brochures would be available to the public in order to gain their consent to WBI "Strip Search" screening and none were available?

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RB, as I’ve stated before, our Chief Counsel determined that the signage placed in front of the machines at our checkpoints would suffice.

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Jim Huggins said... Bob: "Disabled" or "removed"? Any function that is disabled can be re-enabled at some future time.

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Hi Jim. Disabled. While your statement is true, AIT machines at airports will not be placed in test mode. Only the machines in our labs will be placed in test mode.

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Anonymous said... Bob, I don't always like you guys at the TSA, and I often think the organization is a bloated, inefficient, civil-rights-hating bureaucracy, but I DO appreciate you addressing hot issues in a timely manner and providing the facts.

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Thanks. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now. Seriously though, thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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Anonymous said... How about addressing the issue of what WBI cannot see, Bob?

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Hmmm. I don’t know? Why don’t you tell me what it can’t see? :)

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Mr. Gel-pack said... So just how does this technology prevent an operator from taking picture of the screen?

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It doesn’t. However, our officers are prohibited from carrying any electronics into the image room.

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Jeffrey said... Bob, Are you able to comment on what improvements might be made to the human component of TSA.

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No, but I can flag it as a potential topic for a future blog post. Thanks for asking.

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Anonymous said... My life is a Dad and Husband who happens to be a TSO.

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I understand exactly what you’re saying and I also fully understand that someone will no doubt twist your words.

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Ayn R. Key said... There are criminals out there who are also husbands and fathers. I do not let their crimes slide because they are fathers and husbands.

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What was I just saying? Crimes?

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cdy said... Guys, I don't harbor the outright hostility towards you guys that others seem to, but one basic question keeps popping up re this technology and also a request for information. The question is whether the ability to store and forward the images is disabled in hardware or software? The request for info is what do the high resolution images that the TSO will see look like? I do agree it is somewhat misleading to post small low resolution images as an "example" of what the TSO is going to see and say "See, no big deal."

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I personally do not know, but I have sent the question out and am awaiting a response. I’ll post something when I find out.

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Chris Boyce said... Who can authorize a strip search machine put back into test mode at an airport?

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AIT Machines are not placed in test mode at the airports.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team
Submitted by David on

I really understand the frustration. I work for TSA and I understand there is room for improvement. Airport Security is a business that is easy to criticize because people generally can’t have access to the reasoning behind it, so they can't understand why we do things. This can lead to a great deal of frustration for both the passenger and the Officers that have to implement the procedures.

Many people who leave comments point out the holes in the different technologies or procedures (ID checks, body scanners, puffer machines etc.). Right now, there is nothing available that I know of that is an all-purpose, all-knowing security device that can stop any threat. Since no single technology or procedure exists that can stop a determined terrorist, we have to put all the best ones we have together to plug as many holes we can given what the American public will allow, privacy laws and financial limitations.

Many have offered constructive solutions and I thank you, because we really are constantly looking for and trying new things to help improve the whole security process and this is a great place to find them.

My greatest concern is the tone that is taken with the front-line TSO’s. I can’t understand why people feel it is ok to accuse hard-working Americans, who are doing a job they feel is important, of being a pedophile, a thief, lazy, stupid or worse. Think about how you would feel if someone came to your workplace and started saying the things to you the average TSO has to put up with each day. Would it be OK? Why do we feel Federal employees should never make a mistake or have a bad day? Is this a reasonable expectation at your job?

If you don’t like some of our procedures, please call your representative. Much of what we do is driven by the concerns of the American Public. And please, when you go through security, try to reach out to the TSO’s by being courteous; they really do take a lot of punches. But, if a TSO does not treat you with courtesy or respect, please get their last name off their name tag and report them either to their Supervisor or the TSA website (look for “got feedback?”). We really do use this information to hold those TSO’s accountable.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"We’re not hiding anything. In fact, take a look at this blog post and you’ll see two images you can click on to make larger. You’ll also see several links to video etc."

If you're not hiding anything, why don't you answer this simple yes or no question: Are the images posted to this blog and on signs in airports at the same size and resolution as those seen by the operators of your machines?

I have seen this question posted here dozens of times, yet you refuse to answer it. Your silence speaks volumes.

"We keep on recieving requests to show the public what we see, and we have done just that. Many times over..."

No, Bob, you haven't.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bob,


Why won't the TSA just do a live test with a brand new scanner and a consenting model to show the public exactly what the TSA screener sees? I have seen about 3 different news reports where a reporter goes through the scanner and asks to see the image but the TSA agent will not let the reporter (who consented to the scan) see their own image. If these images truly are not that explicit then why won't the TSA just do a live test (with the newest generation scanner) and put all of the public's concerns to rest? By not doing a live test (with the newest generation scanner) the TSA just creates more public distrust and frankly makes itself look like they are hiding something. Please respond. Thanks.

Submitted by Jim Huggins on

Bob writes:

AIT machines at airports will not be placed in test mode. Only the machines in our labs will be placed in test mode.

With respect, Bob, that's not an answer. It may be TSA's intent not to place the machines in test mode at airports. But how do you know that won't happen anyways? Hackers find ways to access "unofficial" features all the time.

And, not to be too "tinfoil hat" and all ... but we've heard promises like "trust us, we'll never use that feature" before from other government agencies.

Submitted by RB on

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

January 13, 2010 4:41 PM
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Sorry Bob, I personally do not find your words credible.

To many prior mis-truths, half-truths and evasions of the truth.

Try just telling the truth for a change.

Submitted by RB on

AIT Machines are not placed in test mode at the airports.
Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

January 13, 2010 4:41 PM

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Saying that they are not placed in test mode does not resolve the fact that enabling the WBI "Strip Search" Machine to save images is possible.

The ability is built into the machines along with the needed outputs to save an image to various devices.

Is it possible for a WBI "Strip Search" machine to be switched to "Test Mode" at an airport?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Is the screening with these machines going to be same gender screening?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bob-
Thanks for the update, but why should we believe a word you say?

Submitted by Zack on

As a host of examples show, including US voting machines, ATM machines, mass transit ticket machines, and others, the phrase "AIT machines do have USB, hard disc and Ethernet capabilities" means that the phrase "These machines are not networked, so they cannot be hacked." is fundamentally false and reflect a misunderstanding of security issues.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Also, these machines are not networked, so they cannot be hacked."

I think you need to talk to your cyber/information assurance/intelligence folks. They will tell you that a system does not need to be on a network to be hacked.

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