Women Singled Out for Body Scans in Dallas

Author: Craig Blaha
Published: February 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

TSA screeners single out "cute" females for body scansCBS reports women at the DFW International Airport in Texas felt they were singled out for body scans because they were attractive. The initial complaint came from a woman who had been asked to step through the body scanner three times by a woman screener. The screener asked whether the woman  played tennis because she had a "cute body". On the third time through, the woman apparently became frustrated with her male coworkers that were viewing the scanned images in the other room and told them, "Guys, it is not blurry, I’m letting her go. Come on out."

CBS requested the TSA documentation on complaints and found a consistent pattern. One result of this incident is Charles Shumer (D NY) is introducing legislation in the Senate that would require a passenger advocate in each airport.

Security researcher Bruce Schneier calls the whole screening process security theater, saying "We roll out full-body scanners, even though they wouldn’t have caught the Underwear Bomber, so they put a bomb in a printer cartridge. We ban printer cartridges over 16 ounces — the level of magical thinking here is amazing — and they’re going to do something else."

Dallas/FTworth and Love representatives say the body scan devices have been upgraded to a privacy enhancing variety.

Regular body scan:

image courtesy: http://www.kpbs.org/

Privacy Enhanced Scans:

image courtesy: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/


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Craig is a privacy, secrecy, and social media researcher pursuing his PhD in Information Studies at UT Austin. Craig teaches undergraduate classes on Social Media and Privacy and the Internet and Public Policy. …

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