Saturday, February 19, 2011

TSA tests new scanner software. Security theater now PG

Amar Toor at reports that the TSA is trying out new software on some of their full body scanners. The software doesn't display an image of the person being scanned, it only shows a generic male or female image with the suspected contraband highlighted.

This is great when it comes to personal privacy. But it's a massive fail as a security measure. The ability of the scanners to pick up the explosives used by the underwear bomber is still in question, and circumventing the scanners is dirt simple, anyway. As security theater, it's a great show. As real security it gets a raft of golden raspberry's.