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Published: 02/3/11

From Pat-Downs to Rat-Downs? Scientists Suggest Mice for Airport Security

By  Ben Muessig - AOL News
From Pat-Downs to Rat-Downs? Scientists Suggest Mice for Airport Security

When you go to the airport, do you feel comfortable getting an enhanced pat-down? What about an enhanced rat-down? Israeli scientists say they have found a way to harness the power of mice to bolster airport security. Brothers Eran and Alon Lumbroso have constructed an explosive detector that looks like a standard airport metal detector or full-body scanner -- only it's filled with mice, according to New Scientist. Robert F. Bukaty, AP You don't want mice in your house -- but in your airport they could be a lifesaver. An Israeli company has created a device that uses trained mice ...

Published: 11/28/10

2010: A Tin Foil Hat Odyssey

By  Robert and Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
2010: A Tin Foil Hat Odyssey

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Published: 11/24/10

Man Sues TSA, Claims Pat-Down Violates His Rights

By  Deborah Hastings - AOL News
Man Sues TSA, Claims Pat-Down Violates His Rights

(Nov. 24) -- An Arkansas man is taking the Transportation Security Administration to court, claiming new screening searches violate the Constitution. Robert Dean filed a federal lawsuit in Little Rock this week, even though the city's airport doesn't have the new scanners that have sparked outrage across the country. Dean's suit asks for a federal ban against the machines and full-body searches. On a recent trip to Chicago, Dean claims that being subjected to a full-body scan and being patted down by TSA personnel harmed his "emotional, psychological and mental well-being," The Associated Pr...

Published: 11/21/10

Airport Security: Choose One

By  Robert and Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Airport Security: Choose One

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Published: 11/16/10

The Holiday Guide to the 'Touch My Junk' Backlash

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
The Holiday Guide to the 'Touch My Junk' Backlash

(Nov. 16) -- This holiday season, take a stand and add a "pat-down" to your travel plans. That's if you want to send a message to the Transportation Security Administration, which has been the subject of a new level of scorn since debuting its revealing full-body scanners and cozy new manual searching techniques this fall. Now, critics of the government agency, led by a savvy blogger, say they've had enough and have designated the day before Thanksgiving -- also known as the busiest travel day of the year -- as National Opt-Out Day. On Nov. 24, supporters of National Opt-Out Day are asking ...

Published: 09/29/10

'Feds Radiating Americans' with Scanners at Road Checkpoints: Is It True?

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
'Feds Radiating Americans' with Scanners at Road Checkpoints: Is It True?

(Sept. 29) -- Are scanners being employed at roadway checkpoints to "radiate Americans" with dangerous X-rays designed to peer inside their vehicles? Yes, according to Alex Jones conspiratorial website Prison Planet, and this time, the mainstream media agrees, at least in part. In his most recent Google Trends coup, Alex Jones encouraged users to repeatedly search the phrase "feds radiating Americans," to draw attention to Prison Planet reporter Paul Joseph Watson's new article. In it, the author claims that instead of dedicating their efforts to control illegal immigration and drug traffick...

Published: 07/21/10

Full-Body Security Scanners: Coming Soon to an Airport Near You

By  Carl Franzen - AOL News
Full-Body Security Scanners: Coming Soon to an Airport Near You

(July 21) -- Modesty and air travel are two concepts that appear to be mutually exclusive these days, thanks to an increasing level of scrutiny at the security checkpoint. Exhibit A: the controversial full-body scanner, likely coming soon to an airport near you. In the U.S., 142 are currently in operation at 41 airports, and another 309 will be in place by the end of the year, notes The New York Times. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released the names of the next 28 airports to receive this high-tech screening tool. Airports Next-in-Line for Full-Body Scanners The * denote...

Published: 02/6/10

My Left Breast Put Fancy TSA Scanner to the Test

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
My Left Breast Put Fancy TSA Scanner to the Test

A funny thing happened to me at airport security this week: The full-body scanner appeared to detect my fake left breast. After I sauntered sleepily through the regular scanner at Denver International Airport, the TSA guy motioned me into the clear, cylindrical, full-body scanner (aka, the Millimeter Wave). The woman there asked me to step on the yellow footprints and raise my arms above my head. She murmured into a headset to start the scan. There was a quick motion through the plexiglass. She asked me to turn, step on the green footprints and hold my arms straight out. Another scan. She mo...

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