If what we see in Jonathan Corbett’s video (below) is correct, then just about anyone could carry metal, even a gun, directly through a TSA naked body scanner and onto a plane with little problem.
The trick? The video shows by live demonstration, repeated in two different airports, how a metal object affixed on the side of the body (instead of the front or back) will blend entirely into the background of the scanner’s image and thus very simply escape detection.
Corbett asks, “The TSA can’t be that stupid can they”? Then he proves it.
Corbett also relates how Israeli experts noticed the scanners’ defects and refused to buy them:
But while America was testing these devices, Rafi Sela, who ran security for Ben Gurion airport in Israel, which is known for being one of the most secure airports in the world, was quoted saying he could “overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to take down a Boeing 747,” and Ben Gurion therefore refused to buy scanners.
Corbett, who has a lawsuit against the TSA which may reach the Supreme Court, posted the video on his blog “TSA Out of Our Pants!” After proving his methods he says,
The nude body scanner program is nothing but a giant fraud. . . . So let’s fix this problem — now — before the terrorists take this opportunity to hurt us: the TSA must immediately end the nude body scanner program, and return to the tried-and-true metal detectors that actually work, and work without invading our privacy. . . .
The TSA is worse than ineffective: they are an epic fail placing us all in danger. Beyond the scanners, Demand of your legislators and presidential candidates that they get rid of this $8B a year waste known as the TSA and privatize airport security. Ask for their commitment to our rights in exchange for your vote. And no matter which party is in the White House or holds on to Capital Hill, the issue of ending TSA abuse is of interest to all Americans; it’s NOT a partisan issue. We must all stand together and demand an end to the organization that molests our families while placing us in danger by directly ignoring blatant security flaws.