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.
“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
Feel safer yet?