Friday, July 22, 2011

TSA puts out a press release...

...and everyone bites, so I guess I will, too. Here is CNN displaying the standard regurgitation that I'm seeing from one source to another. The story is that the TSA is rolling out the cartoon-figure software upgrade for their millimeter wave scanners that they've been piloting this year. A number of local papers are doing their own version of the press release where they state whether/when the local airport will get the upgrade (what a coincidence!). A number of articles also just have incorrect information, but here are some interesting ones:
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's report is the standard press release, but it is the only one I've seen that says how much this is costing ($2.7 million).
  • Bloomberg's article is also standard fare, but includes the corporatism aspect of this: "L-3 rose 64 cents to $82.17 at 4:01 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. OSI Systems [Rapiscan's parent company] added 11 cents to $43.86 on the Nasdaq Stock Market."
  • Wired, which has been overall an excellent source on all things TSA-scanner-related, doesn't let us down with their more insightful article.
  • Declan McCullough at CNET - a consistent fighter of civil liberties with expertise on technology - also has a great report.
  • Jeanne Sager at The Stir has another angry post (see her on Miyamae and Abbott) in which she calls those of us with scruples: irrational. Her main issue seems to be that we're inconveniencing other sheep travelers.