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Jul 28th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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I went through this screening earlier this year, but not as a regular screening procedure. I was pulled on the side (profiled?) and then warned about the gusts of air. Whoo! Refreshing!
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Jul 28th, 2006, 04:28 PM
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Maybe Mo'Nique was trying to set up her own security system with her hair dryer ?? {See other thread}!

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Jul 28th, 2006, 04:35 PM
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They have this in San Antonio too and we've been among the chosen the past couple of times we've flown. It's fun to watch the confusion on the faces of those in the machine after you come out.
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Jul 28th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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I encountered this security when going to the top of a big city skyscraper -- it was either for a viewing area or restaurant.
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Jul 28th, 2006, 10:06 PM
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We went through that at the Las Vegas airport.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 05:27 AM
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It takes less time than being pulled over at random and having your carryon swabbed for the explosives test.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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These machines are at the Tampa International Airport when going on flights using Airside C. This includes Southwest airlines flights. It may be used at other airsides but I know for sure this one. The lady in front of me was really nervous about it - she thought it sprayed something more than a puff of air. I found it to be no big deal but I can imagine someone using it for the first time and who is claustrophobic might be nervous.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 06:05 AM
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Hmmm coldwar, maybe that's where we ran into it, not San Antonio. I knew it was a home airport (which "home"), and now that you say that, it was during our return trip to Tampa this summer, and before flights leaving there other trips. They've had it for at least a year, right? I think last summer was my first experience with it. Airside C has sure turned out nicely!
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Jul 29th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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SFO was using this device in April 2005 when I flew internationally.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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Recently went through this thing at the Tampa airport. They warned me about holding my skirt and my blouse. But what was infuriating...I asked if I should take off my shoes and they say not necessary. Went through the puffer :-" and then had to walk through the regular scanner where I set the thing off because of the shoes and had to redo it. :-<
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Jul 29th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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They're officially called by the TSA "Explosive Detection Trace Portal Machines" or "Puffers" for short and they've been in the works for a number of years, but now, with the technology tested and completed, and the urgency of having devices that can detect any trace of explosive material on the person, (think Richard Reid, aka "the shoe bomber")- these handy detection devices are being deployed as quickly as they are being made, since TSA's objective is to get them to all airports ASAP.

I might add, one of the greatest bits of high-tech aviation security to come along in quite some time, and the most worthy use of your hard-earned taxpayer dollar... Here's an article on the TSA website about them:

http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/20...ease_0644.shtm
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Jul 29th, 2006, 09:51 AM
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Talk about intrusive. How about the security device that can see through cloths and display it on a monitor for security people to look at. The person is shown completely nude on the monitors. They featured it live on the Today Show a few years ago. A man walked through then the camera went to the monitor. Catie Curric's jaw dropped. The guy was totally nude on live TV!
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Jul 29th, 2006, 10:38 AM
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"new security...blows" is an appropriate title: meanwhile,once again, my daughter and I had to take off our thin, worn rubber flip-flops at Denver. I said "but these aren't profile" and the response was everyone "HAS" to remove shoes. Those people are morons.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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uh, Jorr, what you're talking about is not the above-described device-what you are referring to is Whole Body Imaging Technology, which employs "backscatter x'ray" technology-due to be deployed at airport screening checkpoints. This technology utilizes a type of thermal imaging in order to detect what sort of prohibited items may be concealed on a person's body.

Backscatter technology, which is still in the testing stage, and has a number of civil liberty issues attached-is ONLY used at the "next layer" or secondary screening level: if something suspicious is detected on the body, which cannot be resolved through the metal detector, the screener then employs this technology in order to determine the nature of the object, and the screener is always of the same sex as the person being screened.

Along with the array of other advanced threat detection systems and significant advances in detecting threats based solely on the initial reservation-BEFORE the pax ever gets to the airport- the aviation security system of today is "orders of magnitude" ahead of where it was pre 9/11. More technology is in the offing-and, I might add, it cannot come to the airports soon enough-the threat of a criminal attack against civil aviation is greater than ever.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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uh, Girlspytravel, I know that. Da. And yes I know that it will only be viewed by same sex security. Da.
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Jul 29th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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"will only be viewed by same sex"

Is that like:
police never comment crimes;
all attorneys are honest;
etc., etc. ???! :-?

Just kidding, but it is something to think about. ;-)
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Jul 29th, 2006, 11:19 AM
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Actually, now that I'm thinking of it, I was going on JetBlue this time and had the puffer which is a different airside, airside A (I flew up to VT on Jetblue and home via Manchester on Southwest). I found this article that explains how there are more puffers at different airsides. http://www.airportbusiness.com/artic...&siteSection=5

I can't actually comment on Airside C Malesherbes, because I just came home on Southwest and I had to rush through. I wish they would improve Airside A - I want a Chik-Fil-A there!
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Jul 29th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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Well, duh, Jorr, if you so perfectly understand this technology, then you must have equal appreciation and comprehension of how vitally important such technology is to this nation's security, no?
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Jul 29th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Well, da, Girlspytravel, you keep on stating the obvious. Get off your self-important cloud.
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