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Just how “secure” is airport security?

 

Just how “secure” is airport security?

An activist recently posted a video showing how "secure" the TSA's invasive body scanners really are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olEoc_1ZkfA

In response, the TSA noted:

… it is one layer of our 20 layers of security (Behavior Detection, Explosives Detection Canines, Federal Air Marshals, , etc.) and is not a machine that has all the tools we need in one handy device. We’ve never claimed it’s the end all be all.
 
However, our nation's aviation system is much safer now with the deployment of 600 imaging technology units at 140 airports. It is completely safe and the vast majority use a generic image that completely addresses privacy concerns. Also, keep in mind that is optional. Anybody can opt out of the body scanner for a pat-down. 
 
And that's just what many Americans have been doing.  Despite an obvious flaw being detected in the system, it's clear we're only going to continue to hear that "these are necessary to keep us safe."  (And the "safety" of these machines is far from proven.)
 
C4L doesn't believe we have to be stripped searched or groped just to travel.
 
We're dedicated to reining in – and ultimately abolishing – the TSA.  Airport security can be handled much more capably in the hands of the airlines themselves, who will compete to make sure their customers are offered the safest travel experience possible.
 
But our battle against the TSA and its body scanners is just one part of our program, which includes fights on issues like Audit the Fed and passing a legitimate Balanced Budget Amendment.
 
Today, I hope you'll consider making a donation of $25, $50, $100, or more if you can, to enable us to expand our fight even further and claim victory on as many fronts as possible.
 

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