June 24, 2012
Re "TSA full-body scanners pose little risk, study says," June 11 The Times reported on an academic, peer-reviewed paper we coauthored. We'd like to clarify some points. Our study did not quantify the risk of backscatter security scans. The study estimated, using computer simulations, the radiation dose to individual organs. As stated in the paper, "Access to the machines for measurements and assessments is limited. " Therefore our models were based on measurements from a Johns Hopkins University study commissioned by the Transportation Security Administration, a limitation prominently discussed in our paper.
August 24, 2012 |
Sure, you can get a group of people riled up talking politics, but if you want to set off real fireworks, mention the TSA. That'll get 'em going. And perhaps partly because of that, the Transportation Security Administration has formed a passenger advocacy group. It's a subcommittee of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee. After an initial meeting earlier this month, it meets again Friday. This may sound very bureaucratic, but a couple of the advocacy group's members don't.
June 2, 2013 |
The "nude scanners" are gone. The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country. The 250 or so machines were removed about two weeks ago, before the June 1 deadline set by Congress. But privacy advocates aren't satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology. "They've never made a case that these scanners are better than using metal detectors or swabs to detect the use of explosives," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center that sued the TSA in 2010 over the use of all full-body scanners.
January 20, 2010 |
Erroll G. Southers, assistant chief of airport police in Los Angeles, said Wednesday morning that he is withdrawing his nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration. President Obama tapped Southers in September to lead the federal agency that helps protect airline passengers from terrorist attacks. In a statement, Southers said he is withdrawing because his nomination has become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. His confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who says he is worried Southers would allow TSA employees to join a labor union.
November 25, 2012 |
This month, federal security officers stopped a traveler at the Oakland International Airport because of an unusual wristwatch he was wearing. When word got out, critics of the Transportation Security Administration blasted the agency, calling the incident an example of the TSA overreacting. In hopes of stifling the uproar, the TSA released a photo of the watch last week. This is no ordinary timepiece. It includes a toggle switch, wires and what look like tiny fuses attached to the wristband.
February 9, 2014 |
A former Transportation Security Administration screener who dished dirt about the agency in a recent story was lying or describing long-abandoned practices. That was the agency's response to a story in Politico by former TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington. In the piece, Harrington described TSA agents at Chicago O'Hare International Airport who struggled with low morale, targeted travelers from specific countries for pat-down searches and poked fun at images created by full-body scanners.