Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today is Boycott Scanners at the Airport Day: Here's a Money Making Idea

Unless you have been stuck on a train for the last few weeks, you couldn't have missed the news about the invasive searches at airports recently, and some of the horror stories that certain passengers have reported (and recorded). In addition, there was significant concern from travelers about radiation exposure from the new screening devices in many airports from the Backscatter X-ray machines. Travelers also have concerns about the Millimeter wave scanners. An Internet campaign was started to get passengers to protest the new machines today by opting for the pat-down search instead of using the scanners, which can reveal quite a bit.

If you want to get ready for travel during the Christmas season, you might want to check out the following:

Don't Touch My Junk! Hands Off! T-Shirt

Lead-lined underwear

Don't Touch My Junk TSA Pat Down Airport Pinback Button Badge

The book I Might As Well Be Naked: How to Survive Airport Screening With Your Clothes On

By the way, a friend told me about a possible money making idea. Apparently, there is some type of equipment that if located within the vicinity of the Backscatter X-ray machines, can pick up the signal of the images that those machines generate. (I haven't yet verified this, but maybe one of my readers can find a link to such a device.) So someone sits in their car at the airport parking lot with one of those devices, then runs the X-ray image through Photoshop, converts it from a negative to a positive, emails the picture to a co-worker at the location that the passenger will be arriving, the co-worker prints it out on glossy paper, stands outside the luggage area, and sells the nude picture of the passenger for $20 as they exit so the traveler can have it as a personal souvenir of the travel experience, similar to what they do at the amusement parks. Any entrepreneurs out there that want to make some money during the Christmas travel season?

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