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TSA dismisses former screener’s claim that officers are laughing at our naked images

Jan 07, 2013 7:53 am

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The anti-TSA crowd is so rabid and vocal that separating reality from nonsense is difficulty, even when it’s something as believable as security guards chuckling at nudie pics.

— Samantha Shankman

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The Transportation Security Administration says airport screeners are not sitting around giggling at naked images of travelers.

Such unprofessional behavior by officers who look at images made by full-body scanners is unlikely because screeners sit alone in private rooms, trying to spot weapons hidden beneath clothes of screened passengers, the TSA said.

“The resolution room is used only for the viewing of the images and is not a gathering place or break room for other officers as the officer viewing the images has to be focused in order to prevent any dangerous items from entering the airport,” the TSA said in an online post last week.

The TSA made the statement in response to a post supposedly written by a former TSA screener on the blog Taking Sense Away.

The author of the blog said he had witnessed “a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passenger.”

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