Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another press release, with a small twist

At least this reporter opens with some bare-bones facts [emphasis added]:
A new security scanner at Meadows Field works exactly the same way as those that sparked last year's controversy over airport security screenings that produced detailed under-clothing images of travelers.
But the software is different.
Instead of a ghostly, X-ray-like image of the individual person, the machine at Meadows Field unveiled Tuesday produces a low-resolution, computer-generated image on which the computer projects a yellow blot in the area of any "anomaly" -- Transportation Security Administration terminology for anything hidden under clothing that "shouldn't be there."
Unfortunately, it just continues with the standard TSA-line on the cartoon software scanners with no further journalism besides what the TSA fed them.

Contrast the above with this more standard-issue press report [emphasis added]:
Full body scanners have been installed at Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield.

But, these are a new generation of scanners that are not as invasive as past body scans that caused public outcry.

The Advanced Imaging Technology will use new software to identify anomalies on a passenger without the "full monte" review.
Or this one, that just has lies from the TSA without further investigation:
About 800 of the $150,000 scanners are being used at 90 airports across the country, now including Bakersfield's Meadows Field. And it's actually making the security process more efficient; just 30 seconds and you're on your way.
More efficient?! I think not. The software-upgraded scanners are more efficient than the backscatter or original millimeter wave scanners, but certainly less efficient than not having scanners (which, I believe, that Bakersfield did not previously have any scanners)!