Some Nifty Screening Toys
August 10, 2006 3:17 AM   Subscribe

Oddly enough, I was assembling this post when a coworker came out from the employee lounge with news of the British terrorist arrests.
posted by CodeBaloo at 3:35 AM on August 10, 2006

Total Recall is here!
posted by beerbajay at 5:08 AM on August 10, 2006

Did you list X-ray specks?
posted by pracowity at 5:37 AM on August 10, 2006

The Terahertz Scanner also seems cool.
posted by econous at 5:47 AM on August 10, 2006

Ah, the X-ray specks link provided by pracowity is about the same technology, and a nicer read to boot.
posted by econous at 5:50 AM on August 10, 2006

I'm sure I've read recently of worries that passengers will essentially be naked to inspectors. What technology is that?
posted by pracowity at 6:11 AM on August 10, 2006

These X-ray specks do indeed seem impressive:

The goggles would emit terahertz radiation, ultra-fast beams of light, which would bounce off...

Truly the stuff of science fiction!
posted by nowonmai at 7:33 AM on August 10, 2006

And yet, you can use and item as simple as a drinking straw as a weapon.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:50 AM on August 10, 2006

Somewhat off topic: The "human cargo" photo is quite distressing. To be in a hot, dark, crate and entombed on all sides by thousands of pounds of bananas; I can think of nothing more terrifying.

All in pursuit of the American Dream, as it were.
posted by aladfar at 8:11 AM on August 10, 2006

Come to think of it, I walked through TSA screening with a sharpened pencil tucked behind my ear -- I'd been working on a crossword puzzle -- and was stopped only because my stainless steel wristwatch triggered the metal detector.
posted by pax digita at 9:26 AM on August 10, 2006

Sure. And yet, I'm certain that the next time I take my baby with me on a plane, some security guy's going to insist that I taste the breastmilk in her bottle in case it contains said "biological weapons".
posted by drmarcj at 5:12 PM on August 10, 2006

Pax Digita - a sharpened pencil is a weapon of math instruction.
posted by kcds at 3:44 AM on August 11, 2006

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