$1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners

This video is here to demonstrate that the TSA’s insistence that the nude body scanner program is effective and necessary is nothing but a fraud, just like their claims that the program is safe (radiation what?) and non-invasive (nude pictures who?). The scanners are now effectively worthless, as anyone can beat them with virtually no effort. The TSA has been provided this video in advance of it being made public to give them an opportunity to turn off the scanners and revert to the metal detectors. I personally believe they now have no choice but to turn them off.

Please share this video with your family, friends, and most importantly, elected officials in federal government. Make sure they understand that your vote is contingent on them fixing the abuse that 200,000 passengers face from the TSA on a daily basis.

My legal battle against the TSA’s nude body scanner and pat-down molestation program continues in court, soon with a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you’d like to donate to this effort, send PayPal to: jon [at] fourtentech.com

I’d like to thank:

Travel Underground – http://www.travelunderground.org/

Freedom to Travel USA – http://fttusa.org/

Legislators who have stood up to the TSA – especially Dr. Ron Paul & Sen. Rand Paul

…and all those who have both publicly and privately stood up to the TSA.

Add me on Twitter: @tsaoutourpants (no “of”)


I’m publishing this video because I want the world to know how much danger the American Transportation Security Administration is putting all us all in with their haste to deploy the expensive, invasive nude body scanner program. When the machines came out, we were told that the invasion on our privacy, doses of radiation, and trashing of our Constitution were necessary because the old metal detectors weren’t good enough. That “non-metallic explosives” were a threat, even though no one has boarded a plane in the US with any type of explosive in nearly 40 years. But while America was testing these devices, Rafi Sela, who ran security for Ben Gurion airport in Israel, which is known for being one of the most secure airports in the world, was quoted saying he could “overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to take down a Boeing 747,” and Ben Gurion therefore refused to buy scanners. The US ignored this warning, and Mr. Sela never publicly explained his statement. But it stuck with me.

As a scientist, engineer, and frequent traveler, as well as the first person to sue the TSA when they rolled out the scanners as primary in Nov. 2010, I studied and learned about both kinds of scanners currently in use by the TSA. Here are several images produced by TSA nude body scanners. You’ll see that the search victim is drawn with light colors and placed on a black background in both images. In these samples, the individuals are concealing metallic objects that you can see as a black shape on their light figure. Again that’s light figure, black background, and BLACK threat items. Yes that’s right, if you have a metallic object on your side, it will be the same color as the background and therefore completely invisible to both visual and automated inspection.

It can’t possibly be that easy to beat the TSA’s billion dollar fleet of nude body scanners, right? The TSA can’t be that stupid, can they?

Unfortunately, they can, and they are. To put it to the test, I bought a sewing kit from the dollar store, broke out my 8th grade home ec skills, and sewed a pocket directly on the side of a shirt. Then I took a random metallic object, in this case a heavy metal carrying case that would easily alarm any of the “old” metal detectors, and walked through a backscatter x-ray at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. On video, of course. While I’m not about to win any videography awards for my hidden camera footage, you can watch as I walk through the security line with the metal object in my new side pocket. My camera gets placed on the conveyer belt and goes through its own x-ray, and when it comes out, I’m through, and the object never left my pocket.

Maybe a fluke? Ok, let’s try again at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport through one of the TSA’s newest machines: a millimeter wave scanner with automated threat detection built-in. With the metallic object in my side pocket, I enter the security line, my device goes through its own x-ray, I pass through, and exit with the object without any complaints from the TSA.

While I carried the metal case empty, by one with mal-intent, it could easily have been filled with razor blades, explosives, or one of Charlie Sheen’s infamous 7 gram rocks of cocaine. With a bigger pocket, perhaps sewn on the inside of the shirt, even a firearm could get through. It’s important to note that any metal object of any size can use this technique. …and I don’t urge you to try to bring contraband through security, as the nude body scanners often have false positives: so while the metal on your side might get through, a button on your shirt or a sweaty armpit might “look suspicious” and earn you a pat down anyway.

Now, I’m sure the TSA will accuse me of aiding the terrorists by releasing this video, but it’s beyond belief that the terrorists haven’t already figured this out and are already plotting to use this against us. It’s also beyond belief that the TSA did not already know everything I just told you, and arrogantly decided to disregard our safety: anything to force Americans to give up our liberty to the federal government and our tax dollars to companies that are in bed with that government. The nude body scanner program is nothing but a giant fraud, which should come as no surprise after the Fast & Furious scandal that sent thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and cost a Customs and Border Patrol agent his life. THIS is a disgrace. So let’s fix this problem — now — before the terrorists take this opportunity to hurt us: the TSA must immediately end the nude body scanner program, and return to the tried-and-true metal detectors that actually work, and work without invading our privacy, as well as implement better solutions for non-metallic explosives, such as bomb-sniffing dogs and trace detection machines.

The TSA is worse than ineffective: they are an epic fail placing us all in danger. Beyond the scanners, Demand of your legislators and presidential candidates that they get rid of this $8B a year waste known as the TSA and privatize airport security. Ask for their commitment to our rights in exchange for your vote. And no matter which party is in the White House or holds on to Capital Hill, the issue of ending TSA abuse is of interest to all Americans; it’s NOT a partisan issue. We must all stand together and demand an end to the organization that molests our families while placing us in danger by directly ignoring blatant security flaws.

Thank you.

About tsaoutofourpants
I'm a 28 year old entrepreneur and frequent flyer who opposes visual and manual inspection of the private parts of our bodies! I hope you'll join me in my fight to have our rights restored!

1,012 Responses to $1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog — How Anyone Can Get Anything Past The Scanners

  1. Roland Riemers says:

    With an artificial shoulder, I aways choose the scanner over the metal detector. So what if not perfect. Terroroists are dummer then even TSA agents, and neither know this. I am also of the mind that requiring those of us with metal parts to have an enhanced pat down is a violation of the American with Disabilities Act. It also makes me smile when I think of how our TSA agents go about handling a 400 pound disabled person in a wheelchair. Do they get a fork lift, or do they just squeeze their hands under his butt? In a recent check in MSP the TSA agent was delaying me, and I politely asked him ¨how is this enhancing airport security.¨ His response was ïf I don´t do it I will loose my job.¨ To me, if protecting their job is more important then using their brain, then we are doomed anyway. I would suggest that those of us subject to mandatory pat downs make it hard on TSA. For instance, wear a cod piece in your pants to give the agent a real thrill? Remove all clothing and just wear clothing or heavy winter pants and coat that are fairly immune to a pat down. ¨Sorry TSA agent, I can not remove my snow pants, as I would be nude.¨ TSA also advises us to hang onto our pants so they are not pulled down when then pat the leg down. Maybe do so, so loosely, that they fall down leaving the TSA agent to get his face in your dick? That assumes of course you are not modest. A sticky gell on the pants or skirt might also be an interesting experience for the TSA agent? They also inspect the scalp. How about some artificial red blood descretly placed on your scalp. The TSA agent checks your hair and comes out with bloody hands. Hum, that would be interesting to see on video! Also, in MSP, I told the TSA agent I would help, by removing my shirt. He screamed I could not remove clothing. So I finally had to put my shirt back on and he then patted down my shirt to insure no weapons under it. As he had no real expectations of now finding a weapon, would not that be an unreasonable search? Oh, I also now remove my socks, but they don´t mandate I put them on, just raise my feet so they can see I don´t have a gun or bomb taped to their bottoms. Roland Riemers, ND Libertarian State Chairman. riemers@wiktel.com

    • Jon Kelley says:

      I keep thinking about wearing nowt but a longish loincloth and my eyeglasses when I go up there – and hang a dildo so that about 1″ of it stick out past the bottom of the loincloth…

      “Hey! Get your hands off my junk! I know it’s showing, this is the longest damned loincloth I could get my hands on…”

      • A veteran says:

        Lmmfao!! I may try that! I have a trip this month to NY. This TSA shit is just that. To all those who say “it’s because of 9/11″. Bullshit! Our Govt knew this was going to happen. Like war, this tsa is a money maker for all the crooks in the US Govt!

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  11. Privitizing the tsa says:

    What a brilliant solution, privitize the tsa and no corners will be cut in order to make a bigger profit. Private companies are famous for their sense of social responsability and overall morality, and they would never sacrifice the safety of consumers.

    • Jon Kelley says:

      My solution? Let the PEOPLE themselves get training for security, and let us look after ourselves – as we should be doing anyhow. I can’t really trust someone else to provide my security – and, having gone through the TSA “selection process,” that is particularly true WRT TSA in general…

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  13. Kim G says:

    I pretty much agree with your position on the TSA. However, it would seem like the problem you cite could be very easily fixed via second image at a 90° rotation. I wonder why they don’t just do that.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA

    • Time and false positives. The lines are huge, and taking a second scan would be logistically impossible. Because of the false-positive rate (about 40% per scan), taking a second scan would mean that 64% of people would need a pat-down anyway, and, in that case, you might as well throw away the scanners and pat-down everyone.

  14. Paul Doherty says:

    Seems like this problem would be solved by having people rotate 90 degrees when being scanned. But I already don’t like these scanners for their invasion of privacy and radiation doses already making people sick (TSA agents are already getting cancer at higher rates).

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