TSA Ordering Backscatter Machines to Scan GA

In a never ending effort to find a problem looking for a solution, the TSA is contracting for x-ray backscatter machines to scan aircraft on General Aviation ramps. I predict this will start at the big airports like BOS-Logan and eventually move all the way down the food chain to little airports like my home base. All at great expense of course.  In the picture below you can see how this technology works. So how does this not interfere with your 4th Amendment rights as you are driving along the highway, or taxiing to the GA ramp?

 TSA Approves Contract For GA Backscatter Inspection Device

Sat, 05 Feb ’11

Portable Unit Could Inspect Any Airplane On Any Ramp

 The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract that should make every GA pilot sit up and take notice. Following a study of the general aviation “screening problem,” American Science and Engineering has been awarded a research and development contract under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to design and build a prototype device to screen general aviation aircraft.

This is a Phase II follow-on award. The prototype will combine AS&E’s advanced Z Backscatter technology with a portable platform to provide complete aircraft coverage in an efficient one-man operation.

Z Scatter Photo of an automobile

“Our … system will provide DHS with a portable inspection solution that can be customized to screen general aviation aircraft for threats and contraband,” said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E’s President and CEO. “This prototype builds on work already in progress at AS&E to miniaturize Z Backscatter screening systems and is transferable for use in nearly every X-ray scanning or inspection mission.”

Full story and link at Aero News Network

Of course you don’t have to be a pilot to be searched without a warrant. You can be a simply a citizen walking on the street or in your private vehicle driving on the highway.

Feel safer yet?

Ever Vigilant


Just Wait Till They Unionize

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One Response to TSA Ordering Backscatter Machines to Scan GA

  1. Greg Wolf says:

    Do you think the scanners are responsable for the cancer epidemic among TSA workers
    I hope the TSA has a lots of insurance they are going to need it. Remember asbestos

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