TSA body scanners proven ineffective by citizen journalist

Turns out it isn’t all that difficult to slip contraband past the TSA’s body scanners, as Jonathan Corbett demonstrates in this video. Kinda makes you wonder what the point is of allowing the TSA to see our naked bodies – and spending billions of dollars on the equipment for it, to boot – if we’re not even getting solid peace of mind in return when we fly.


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  • kim

    Kinda makes you wonder what the point is of allowing the TSA to see our naked bodies – and spending billions of dollars on the equipment for it, to boot – if we’re not even getting solid peace of mind in return when we fly.

    We all know what the point is and it has nothing to do with security.

    • sDee

      Intimidation, submission and control – restricting freedom of movement.

      • TPDanbo

        Just helping prepare the masses for indoctrination into Obama’s new Communist state tyranny.

      • Kinda like, going into a burning building, with no fire coat, or hat on?

  • Guest1776rcp

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

    Why would anyone be surprised? Ben Franklin said it best and we didn’t take heed to his warning and what Ben said is exactly what we got exactly because we didn’t listen to his advice. And worst of all it was the GOP which gave DHS and many who are now complaining about DHS supported Bush when he implemented it. Oh the irony!

    • kong1967

      I can see Franklin’s statement applying to soldiers at every street corner or entering people’s homes without a search warrant, but getting on a plane is a little different.

      If you dive into shark infested waters to shoot video, would you not want the protection of the cage? The cage restricts your ability to move about freely in open waters where you have a right to do so, right? Having the cage does not restrict you from the freedom to enter open waters, it just keeps you from getting killed while doing so.

      To me, airline security is not restricting our freedoms. Our freedom to do what? Bring on airplanes whatever we want or what we can conceal without being checked? As it is now, everyone has the freedom to fly (unless you’re on the terrorist watch list, in which case it sucks to be you). We are not giving up a freedom, we are protecting it…”it” being the freedom to fly. No one is subjected to forced scans or pat downs because everyone knows what’s involved before they even go. You subject yourself to it.

      As to the methods being used? Now that’s a completely different story. It’s a joke.

      • keyesforpres

        Put the old metal detectors back in. That is all the porno scanners are …metal detectors and they give you a good dose of radiation that does not scatter, but stops just under your skin. Very dangerous.
        Put in dogs to sniff for the contraband. And…profile.

        • kong1967

          Yes, that evil word “profile”. Ah, but that’s discrimination.

          Political correctness will be the death of us.

          • NYGino

            We’re very close to being on life support now because of PC.

            • kong1967

              No doubt. We can’t call a terrorist a terrorist any more unless there’s a possibility he’s a conservative or in the Tea Party.

      • Guest1776rcp

        People seem to forget what happened on 9-11. Does “let’s roll” ring a bell? The people in the airplane are never going allow one to be hijacked and flown into a building ever again. The only reason it happened with the first two on 9-11 is because the long standing scenario was that hijackers land the plane somewhere and make demands. And obviously once it was known that is no longer the case “let’s roll” came into play therefore Ben Franklin’s warning aptly applies. If airlines did their own security you have a point but since its the gubment you don’t and Ben Franklin does and as he pointed out you end up with nor deserve neither.

        “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

        • kong1967

          You say that passengers will never let it happen again. I don’t know how sure we can be of that. I think it will depend on the courage and the situation in the plane at the time. In any case, I wouldn’t want to be on that plane. I’d rather they found the radicals first and kept them off.

          • Amy

            But the TSA hasn’t stopped anything… It’s been the passengers. The shoe bomber? Passengers. The crotch bomber? Passengers – and that’s after his own father alerted airport staff.

            The only thing the current TSA practices are doing is keeping unqualified ‘agents’ employed, boosting the federal union numbers, making Michael Chertoff very rich, making a ‘feel good’ show for the public and seriously violating citizens 4th Amendment rights.

            Their VIPR teams will soon be seen on highways, bus terminals & train stations (actually they are already at Amtrack stations). Are you still willing then to trade the illusion of safety for your rights? Because that’s all it is – an illusion.

            • kong1967

              Now you’re touching on the part of it I wasn’t referring to. I previously said that I don’t have a problem with them doing something to prevent terrorists from getting on the planes, but their methods are a joke. I also said that what we have now is like putting a dream catcher next to your bed. It might make you feel better but it doesn’t actually do anything.

              My point was that I don’t think it’s taking away our freedoms to check us and make sure we aren’t packin’. I don’t understand why people consider it a “freedom” to take whatever you want on the airplane without being checked. You’re still allowed to fly and go anywhere you want.

              I want to see us start using Israel’s methods. I’ve heard people say that we’ve got a lot more people and it wouldn’t work. We couldn’t keep up. Maybe not, but we have a boat load more people in this country to employ to do the job than Israel so it’s not a fair comparison.

              • Amy

                We seem to agree, to a point. I think where we may deviate is the point of what is considered a ‘freedom’ and what isn’t. It’s been established that it is indeed a Constitution right to travel from Point A to Point B in the U.S. Three cases below.

                “The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment.” Kent v. Dulles

                “The right to travel is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right.” Schactman v. Dulles

                “We need not identify the source of (the right to travel) in the text of the Constitution. The right of free ingress and egress (to enter and leave) to and from neighboring states which was expressly mentioned in the text of the Articles of Confederation, may simply have been conceived from the beginning to be a necessary concomitant of the stronger Union the Constitution created” Saenz v. Roe

                • kong1967

                  Actually, I don’t see where we disagree at all on your point. I don’t want anyone’s freedom to travel to be restricted…unless they’re under house arrest, lol. We are still allowed to move about freely. It might be a hassle, but they don’t tell us we can’t fly.

                  What I want to see is profiling, dogs, common sense. Stop strip searching 80 year old grandma’s in wheelchairs while ignoring 7 Muslims chanting “Allah”. The way we do it is ineffective, intrusive (you’ll jump on this one), time consuming, expensive, and illogical. I’m sure you can describe it in many other ways.

                  Our method only fulfills one standard and no other. Political correctness. It doesn’t fulfill even a safety standard. It’s a joke.

                • Amy

                  We are in complete agreement ~

  • SFCDeano

    My wife and I were returning from Washington one day on Southwest airlines. Once we reached the 10,000 foot level the lady next to us took out two 16 inch knitting needles and began to knit. Wonder how she got those through.

    • Pyrran

      You and your wife should immediately be detained by TSA for questioning their lack of security and exposing their stupidity. It’s the only way we can keep the Unionized TSA workers safe from being fired for cause.

  • JoelDick

    Arrest him.

  • kong1967

    I think the whole idea was to give us “peace of mind” when we fly. Kinda like putting a “dream catcher” next to your bed.

  • Thanks Jonathan Corbett for such important information.
    The lame do nothing Congress (both sides) should resign, every single one of them.

  • kong1967

    I was actually pretty impressed with this video, but it kinda does help the terrorists. Americans will ignore whatever small media attention this gets, so it won’t help the vast majority of us. If the terrorists didn’t know this before, they do now.

    I’m glad to be alerted to this, though.

  • billw11

    Multiple Choice, who would do somthing about the TSA?
    a.) obama b.) romney c.) gingrich d.) santorum e.) Person who’s name shall not be mentioned on this blog

    • kong1967

      Let me guess…..Ron Paul.

      • keyesforpres

        LOL. The same guy that said he did not see himself getting rid of obamacare.

        • kong1967

          Who is billw11 talking about? I assumed Ron Paul because that’s the only name he didn’t list. Evidently it ticked him off. I’m missing who he’s referring to, lol.

          • keyesforpres

            Oh, I think you figured it out. 🙂

          • Amy

            No your not… 🙂

            • kong1967

              I’m still trying to figure out if Billw11 is a Ron Paul supporter or if he’s just being a wise guy, lol.

      • billw11

        Blasphemy. Ban him.

        • kong1967

          Lol, ban me for guessing who you’re talking about? You’re the one who left out the name, and I’m no Ron Paul supporter. Ron Paul was the only name you left out, so if it’s not him then you must be referring to someone not in the race.

          • billw11

            Mentioning that name only aids the terrorists.

            • kong1967

              Lol, you have totally lost me. I must have missed something because I don’t have a clue what your are talking about.

    • keninil

      C. NG knows that the TSA is just to have us practice giving up our 4th Amendment rights.

      • billw11

        C. ? Captain? Colonel? Casanova? :/

        • keninil

          The comment above give choices a, b, c, d, e. Sorry if my use of a capital C confused you.

        • keninil

          The comment above give choices a, b, c, d, e. Sorry if my use of a capital C confused you.

  • Operation Security Theater

  • WordsFailMe

    Good Job.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Assuming this is legit… this is a travesty.

    Follow the advice of that guy from Israel and start profiling.

    This is totally unacceptable.

  • NYGino

    These machines serve three goals of the liberal/socialistic, soon to be dictatorship (they hope) march towards their ends:

    Union jobs.

    Part of the gradual (it can’t happen all at once) acclimation of the populous accepting the loss of our freedom.

    The recruitment of the manpower needed to go along with this usurpation of our country.

  • joe

    Thanks for pointing that out. Now we’ll get two scans…one front and back, and another side to side.

  • CentralFlaGirl

    TSA perverts

  • grimjesse

    Johnathan Corbett, thank you, and I hope your taxes are in order.

  • Colonel Neville

    The charade of scanning everyone is the only card they have they to play to avoid facing the harsh reality that would collapse the entire house of left liberal PC multiculti cards: the screaming, very loud and very near Himilaya that is Islam Murder Inc. No, really. Colonel Neville.

  • Sorry, nothing is perfect. Even good airplanes go down. Good cars kill people. Good doctors kill people. That is just life. Use your free speech, but why not go after the bad guys, the Nazi’s, the Muslims, the women & race haters, and our old foes, the liberals? I repeat, if they want to strip me down, before I get on an airplane, to shield me from bombers, go right ahead. I hope to God, you never endure an aircrash. To see a baby, hurling thru the air, killing people, and flash fire burning out lungs, is not what I hope to be the last scene in my life.

  • MiketheMarine

    It’s not like they test every muslim male between the ages of 18 and 45, anyway. That is the only way to stop a terrorist. You’ve got actually pick him out of line and scrutinize him and his luggage.