Regarding the recent TSA flap where “a TSA-critic and blogger named Jonathan Corbett has been making the viral video rounds, supposedly showing how “anyone can get anything past the TSA’s scanners.” The TSA, in addition to apparently warning the media not to cover this story, has also responded on its own blog. The post has an amazing line:
For obvious security reasons, we can’t discuss our technology’s detection capability in detail, however TSA conducts extensive testing of all screening technologies in the laboratory and at airports prior to rolling them out to the entire field. Imaging technology has been extremely effective in the field and has found things artfully concealed on passengers as large as a gun or nonmetallic weapons, on down to a tiny pill or tiny baggies of drugs. It’s one of the best tools available to detect metallic and non-metallic items, such as… you know… things that go BOOM.
Things that go BOOM. Wow. So… if you are reading the TSA’s own blog out loud at the airport, you are subject to arrest.