Another reason not to fly: The TSA will no longer let you opt out of full body scanning

The TSA wants to see you naked. And now, you can’t say “no.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed Advanced Imaging Technologies (AIT) for operational use to detect threat objects carried on persons entering airport sterile areas. AIT identifies potential threat objects on the body using Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software to display the location of the object on a generic figure as opposed to displaying the image of the individual. TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt opt-out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers.

Because flying isn’t already humiliating enough. And the TSA really needs to know if you’re carrying anything worth stealing.


And now, TSA will keep us safe from grandmothers with dead cell phones

If you plan to fly, don’t let your cell phone battery run out. TSA will confiscate it, all in the name of “security,” of course.

Fliers headed back to the United States who let electronic devices lose their charge risk having them confiscated, after the Transportation Security Administration announced today that it not allow cell phones, laptops and other devices onto planes at undisclosed overseas airports if they could not be turned on.

The TSA today posted a statement from Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson describing the new policy, which is intended to reduce the risk that explosives disguised as electronic devices will make it onto aircraft.

“I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States,” the statement read. “We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.”

And if TSA rent-a-cops happen to go home with a few iPhones every day, hey it’s the price we pay to pretend we’re safe.