Toronto airports soon to undress you with their eyes

An incompetent would-be terrorist sets his bag aflame and we’re rushing to install invasive Orwellian security technology?  Get. A. Grip!:

Transport Canada is actively examining ways to implement full-body scanners at airports, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

“We are working with CATSA (the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) to implement various screening techniques and millimetre-wave technology is one of them,” said Maryse Durett.

Two airports involved in the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 announced Wednesday they are rushing to get full-body scanners working. […]

“We’re interested in all technology that would help,” said Scott Armstrong, spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Full-body scanners are part of that.

The image below is from a scanner already in use at Manchester Airport in the UK:

The terrorists must be laughing their asses off watching us as we compliantly allow our governments to subject us to all manner of intrusion and humiliation in the name of “keeping us safe” from Al Qaeda’s best and brightest — 23-year-0ld loser Underwear Bombers.

9 Responses to “Toronto airports soon to undress you with their eyes”

  1. 1 Luna Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The undiebomber succeeded quite nicely in getting security to be beefed up to the point of idiocy.

    I will NEVER allow myself to be scanned by this.

  2. 2 Frank Frink Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:26 am

    They tested this out in Kelowna in 2008. (Yeah, Kelowna. Stockwell Day territory)

    Passengers who agreed last year to go through a controversial new screening device at Kelowna airport have helped pave the way for the machine to be introduced nationwide.

    The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority debuted whole body imaging technology at the local airport as a test case for the country.


    The pilot project aimed to find out how effective the 3D imaging technology was, in addition to gauging how well Canadians would receive the idea of having an image of their bodies projected into a room where airport guards look for security risks. According to the agency’s report, passengers were pretty open to the whole process.


    Their findings prompted the organization to put forward a recommendation to purchase seven of the devices to be dispersed to airports around Canada, though there’s no word yet when or where that would occur.

    It’s been in the works for a while. They’ve just found their excuse to roll it in.

  3. 3 hemmingforddogblog Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Wait until the terrorists figure out that the bottle of brandy you picked up at the duty free is flammable…

    We are so fucked…

    sorry for bad language.

  4. 4 JJ Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Luna – Agreed.

    It seems to me that the airport is the wrong place to be catching terrorists anyway — what about intel? What about all these “watchlists” they’ve supposedly got? I don’t understand the logic of putting the 99.9999% of passengers who aren’t terrorists through all this invasive searching… unless it’s because The Authorities think it’s useful for other reasons.

  5. 5 JJ Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:09 am

    FF – Wow. I totally missed this. I knew they were using this kind of thing in the UK and a few other places, but Canada?? Good grief. This is authoritarianism run amok.

  6. 6 JJ Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:16 am

    SQ – I don’t think you’re allowed to carry a bottle of booze aboard a plane. It’s been awhile since I traveled outside Canada, but IIRC, duty free stuff was always handled separately and passengers picked it up after their plane landed.

    But I see your point, which is that people are resourceful and will keep coming up with ways to get around security. Even so, it’s still a one in a million chance that someone will successfully pull off a terrorist attack on a plane. This kind of response is disproportionate to the actual threat.

  7. 7 Bleatmop Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    A terrorist attack was pulled off on a plane during the holiday season. Just look at how much terror it caused. Also, if the guy wasn’t a bumbling idiot, he would have been successful in the attack.

  8. 8 JJ Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Bleatmop – I don’t mean to downplay the seriousness of this attack, and it was an attack (albeit a bungled one), but I think this kind of invasion of privacy in response to it is wrong.

    Dangerous people should be flagged at some other point in the security chain well before a guy gets his boarding pass, and that’s what they should concentrate on fine-tuning: intel and communication between security agencies (which had knowledge of this guy and could have caught him before he boarded the plane if they were operating properly).

  9. 9 Bleatmop Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    JJ – I find the greater invasion of privacy to be disturbing too, though this tech seems to be far less invasive than many others out there. I think I’d rather have a full body scan than having some jackass security guard tell me to take off my pants (actually happened), not to mention the dozens thousands of other humiliations and abuses those guys have inflicted on people.

    I just figure that this is going to keep happening so long as airport security is a for profit industry and people keep trying to blow up planes, Therefore I’m for the least invasive option that affords people the most dignity they can get. Since these machines use computer algorithms and do not need a human to look at each film, this seems to be the option I prefer. Besides, airport security is more an opioid for the masses to make them feel safe, akin to the hide under your desk if there is a nuclear attack videos of the 40’s and 50’s.

    My biggest concern is the health effects these things may have on people. What are they even using to see through clothing like that? Some kind of radiation? I didn’t see any information on that. The other option might be ultrasound imaging?? I duno.

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