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body-scannersTechnology has been in the forefront at airline security and the new body image scanners are the latest in these field. However looks like reckless administration processess are here to stay. The Transport and Security Administration (TSA) had claimed all along that the body imagers were unable to store, export or print images of passengers. 

However this week the U.S. Marshals Service admitted that it had accidently saved tens of thousands of images recorded on a machine used at a security checkpoint in a Florida courthouse. The US Marshals service admitted to have saved approximately 35,000 images and also has said that the machine used in the courthouse has been sent back to the manufacturer who now possess those images.

In a statement released by William Bordley who works as an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, confirmed that about 35,314 images were stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine which was used in Orlando, Florida federal courthouse. The machine was also tested in the Washington, D.C. federal courthouse and was sent back to the manufacturer.

How can the machine be tweaked after it was certified by the TSA that it cannot record any images? Experts say that the machines have external system consoles which can be reprogrammed to do just about anything. The machines are so powerful that they could be hooked up to a wireless internet connection and every image can be recorded at a remote database with in a few seconds.

Well next time I walk though these machines I should carry a jammer that could jam its radio! The following are the airports that are using the machines. So if you are about to go through them, be ready to bare it all!

The lesson to learn is never trust the feds or anyone with technology. Its too easy to manipulate, especially in this day and age.

US Airports:

  • Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)
  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL)
  • Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)
  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Boston-Logan International (BOS)
  • Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport (BRO)
  • Buffalo-Niagara International (BUF)
  • Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
  • Chicago-O’Hare Airport (ORD)
  • Columbus International Airport (CMH)
  • Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
  • Laredo International Airport (LRD)
  • Las Vegas-McCarran Airport (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
  • Providence-T.F. Green International (PVD)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
  • Valley International Airport (HRL)
  • Washington DC’s Reagan Airport (DCA)

Airports Outside the United States

  • Amsterdam-Schipol Airport (AMS)
  • Gimhae/Busan International (PUS)
  • Gimpo/Seoul International (GMP)
  • Jeju International (CJU)
  • London-Heathrow (LHR)
  • Manchester Airport (MAN)
  • Moscow-Sheremetyevo International (SVO)
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  • Rome-Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (FCO)
  • Toronto Pearson International (YYZ)
  • Tokyo-Narita International (NRT)
  • *Trial period Vancouver International (YVR)

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7 Responses to “Feds Lie – Save Thousands of Body Scan Images”

  1. Thank you for sharing this with us … I will save the Airport list. This will make flying to the USA even more expensive, because once need to book the flights so, that you can aviod the scanners … which is nearly impossible. ;o((
    I don’t think that we will get such a rubbish here in Vienna soon. So come and visit our beautiful Town – and stay dressed!

  2. This is not exactly accurate – the images were stored at a courthouse, not an airport. The airport scanners are mandated to not save images, this doesnt mean that they can’t save them in other areas such as a jail or courthouse.

    So actually the feds didn’t lie, just more sensationalistic news.

  3. What makes you think they don’t store images from the airport?

  4. @Lies: I don’t see the difference beween stored pictures from a courthouse or an airport. Imagine if you had to go in a courthouse and you have to walk through such a scanner. Would you like it if your pictures where stored for whatever usage?
    I don’t think so – I would’nt like that.
    I think with that scanners the goverments went too far – when they instakked them in Amsterdam, the people went crazy … for god reasons.

  5. Everybody is missing the point. Look 99.9 % of the terrorist are MUSLIM. GO ATER MUSLIMS Stop this PC crap and start using common sense. GET RID OF ISLAM and all this crap will STOP. I PROMISE wHATS WRONG WITH THE WESTERN WORLD. The terrorist are laughing at us people.

  6. @Ron:
    I would suggest not to leave comments like this on a tech site. Maybe you should find yourself a platform that is more suitable for your oppinion. Don’t you think so?

    Even if you where right and even if I would share your oppinion, I think it’s bad manners to write such comments – and to shout them …

  7. Dan @ DCA Parking August 12, 2010

    It’s ironic how these ‘no physical contact’ AIT machines are even more invasive of our privacy than the previous methods like metal detectors and pat-downs. I don’t care if they store it at the airport or at the ourthouse, it’s still not right. At least, if any AIT machine image of me or my family gets posted in the internet, I know who to sue.

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