Posts Tagged ‘TSA’

Poorly-Managed SFO Gets Hit Again – This Time By An Anonymous Pilot With a Cell Phone Camera

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

I don’t know, check out this report about anonymous “Mr. Pilot” and his recent run-in with the TSA and then decide who’s right on this one.

And here’s the story from SFO’s side.  

Merry Christmas.

Just $45 Will Get You a T-Shirt With the 4th Amendment Written With Metallic Letters, You Know, for When the TSA X-Rays You

Monday, November 29th, 2010

That Laughing Squid has another good one today.

Not sure how much good 4th Amendment Wear will do for you, but oh well.

And I’m not sure how apropos this pithy bit of law is neither:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Oh well.

Airport Backscatter X-Ray Smackdown: UCSF Faculty vs. The White House – National Opt Out Day Coming November 24th

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Get up to speed here on the whole airport security backscatter X-ray issue right here.

Since that time, Blogger Bob over at the TSA Blog took the time to say no biggee and point out this response from Health and Human Services.

Well, the UCSF crew remains unpersuaded:

Per John Sedat, a UCSF professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, “There are many misconceptions, and we will write a careful answer pointing out their errors. Because four people are working on this, it will not be done in one day.”

O.K. then.

And National Opt Out Day is coming up November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving. Are millions of travelers going to jam up the nation’s airports?

We’ll see…

Opting Out of Full Body Image Scanning at the Airport – UCSF Faculty Concerned Over X-Rays – 100x Stronger Than Assumed?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Aviation journalist Joe Sharkey has just told the tale of what happened when he opted out of getting  a whole body image scan at O’Hare International. That article prompted the Tweeters at UCSF to recall this Letter of Concern that came from some UCSF faculty members earlier this year.

Basically, the energy from these low-energy X-ray machines gets concentrated into your skin, as opposed to your entire body. So, dermatologists and cancer experts are raising red flags now before these machines become more common.

You went to colledge, right? So you should have no trouble with the letter from the UCSFers. Check it out, after the jump.

The joys of air travel:

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All the deets, after the jump


Smile for the TSA – SFO Scores $5 Million from the Feds for More Closed Circuit TV Cameras

Friday, September 25th, 2009

You know what San Francisco’s airport needs? Five mil worth of TV camera and similar equipment to keep an eye on you when you pass through SFO to visit the fam this Thanksgiving.

Read all about it, below.


“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced approximately $5 million in funding for the purchase of additional equipment for a closed circuit television (CCTV) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – designed to assist Transportation Security Administration efforts to strengthen security at airports.

“The addition of new cameras as well as increased storage capability on pre-existing cameras will be a tremendous asset to our security efforts at SFO airport,” said Federal Security Director Ed Gomez. “These video recording enhancements will strengthen security, allow better personnel deployment and assist with the resolution of suspicious items.”

The $5 million award, which comes from fiscal year 2009 funds, will enhance CCTV systems currently in place at SFO airport. CCTV systems are an integral part of TSA and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response and risk mitigation.

“We are extremely appreciative of the additional funding TSA has provided to San Francisco International Airport to further expand and enhance the airport’s comprehensive closed-circuit television system,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “SFO’s number one priority has been, and always will be, the safety and security of everyone traveling through and working at the San Francisco International Airport.”

CCTV technology is used at hundreds of airports across the country and TSA has collaborated with individual airports to expand these sophisticated and integrated security networks.

To learn more about TSA’s security efforts and technology at airports throughout the country, visit

WHY is TSA using CCTV technology? Closed circuit television (CCTV) systems are sophisticated and integrated security networks which increase the safety and security of airport facilities, employees and passengers. The systems are an integral part of TSA and airport security operations, providing a high level of threat detection and enhancing emergency response and risk mitigation.

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