Hyper Static Union wrote:
I think most everyone on this board agrees that the TSA is very bad not only in what it tries to do but how it goes about doing it. Would anyone knowledged on the subject care to speak regarding potential replacements/reforms/alternatives?
One type of TSA reform on the horizon might take place in it's tech. These things called laser molecular scanners aka picosecond programmable scanners, have been popping up in tech magazines since 2012 as the "next big TSA tech." Basically these are machines that use lasers to scan a person's (and everything else in the area) at a molecular level to determine the chemical composition of whatever. That information is than basically translated to data that informs the TSA if a person is a threat, has a forbidden item, or so on. These machines can pretty much tell you what you ate for breakfast, and supposedly they're super effective.
"The new scanners are said to be ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than the scanners used in airports and border patrols currently."
On one hand, people are like yay less invasive because it basically sits there and can scan an entire terminal. But some privacy advocates have problems with it because it's indiscriminate. Also, some poor dude is/was locked up in Dubai because a similar device picked up hints of a cigar he accidentally stepped on, and the small amount found by the scanner was enough to get him tossed in jail.
Honestly, I have no idea if TSA is ever going to switch over to this tech since they've been talking about it for a couple of years. It could theoretically spell an end to pat downs and security lines. However, it also has the potential for a ton of misuse and could also cause some other problems that aren't currently on the horizon (like the guy in Dubai).
I don't really know, but it's definitely an option the TSA has or is considering for airports that would change the way we fly.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -body.html