Posts Tagged ‘ Body Scanners ’

Delays or Damp Squibs Part 2

Nov 25th, 2010 | By

“It’s been very disappointing for you,” said my wife, “you’ve nothing to moan about.”
She was talking about the non-event. Where was the problem with all these people insisting on pat-downs?

Delays or Damp Squibs Part 1

Nov 24th, 2010 | By

I’m just about to leave Chicago to go to the airport to fly back to the UK. This is the busiest day of the year to fly in the U.S. with 1.8 million people expected to fly in and out of Chicago over the next few days. There is some bad weather around which might delay flights but the main talking point is whether the opt-out of the body scanning will take place. These scanners are probably coming to the UK. Will our attitude mirror what is happening in the US?

Scanners, Flying and Privacy

Oct 12th, 2010 | By

Over the last few years we have covered the different changes and requirements that have been introduced, ostensibly to make flying safer but which too often seem to make life more difficult and intrusive as well. Only recently there was comment from you about how passing through passport control seemed to take longer because the new passports require matching with computer held data whereas in the old days officers would compare your face with that in the passport. Imagine how much longer it might take if ear prints (supposedly as unique as finger prints) are incorporated as well.

Visitors Entering and Leaving the USA

May 16th, 2010 | By

UPDATE: 17 MAY the Department of Homeland Security tells us that the greeen I-94 card will still be used for the time being (probably at least a year) as things run in parallel until a decision is made on when the I-94 can be dropped. They also confirm that on your first entry to the US you will have to have all 10 fingerprints made but on subsequent visits only the four fingers of the right hand will be required to be fingerprinted as this will provide a sufficient match with the previous data that they have recorded

Body Scanning and Data Protection

Feb 15th, 2010 | By

You may not have known that January 28th was Data Protection Day. It isn’t one of those events that you can buy greetings cards for and it doesn’t really make the newspapers. But is the day that whoever is in charge of data protection in the EU gives us their views. Viviane Redding, the current EU commissioner left the issue of bodyscanners towards the end of her speech.

Body Scanners to be introduced at US Airports

Apr 14th, 2009 | By

Last week, the New York Times said that the familiar walk through metal scanners that are seen at airports anywhere in the world will be replaced in the US. What will succeed it will be body imaging devices which amount to a virtual strip search. This has been tested for some time and it is reported that these tests having been successful,the TSA (Transportation Security Administration)wanted them to become standard at all US airports.Critics claim that the images amount to an invasion of privacy as
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