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The TSA Now Has a More Private Body Scanner

A modest proposal to give us something we rarely get back in the digital age: our privacy.

The first time an airline worker stared at my naked body on a scanner, it freaked me out. I'm not a modest person, nor one to get particularly riled up about privacy. I knew the employee staring at me was in another room, and I knew other passengers couldn't see me. Still, I'd seen the pictures—they left nothing to the imagination.

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Video: A Remote Controlled Airplane Soars Over New York City

Thanks to remote controlled plane, you're about to see New York City like you've never seen it before.

Get ready to see the Brooklyn Bridge, Midtown Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty like you've never seen them before. Thanks to a group of homemade remote-controlled airplane enthusiasts, enjoying a birds-eye view of New York's famous skyline is no longer just for the city's pigeon population.

Team Black Sheep built a Rightwing Zephyr from scratch and then hooked it up with a video camera that fed images back to the operator. A second camera caught additional images of the plane's flight, and the two were edited together to create a visually stunning three-minute ride.

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TSA: Body Scans, Pat-Downs, and Junk-Inspired Acronyms

An enhanced look at TSA terminology—from enhanced pat-downs to porno-scanners to "don't touch my junk"—that are touching sensitive areas.

An enhanced look at TSA terminology—from pat-downs to porno-scanners to "don't touch my junk"—that are touching sensitive areas. \n

The airport has long been a source of frustration and humor, as you well know if you’ve ever missed a flight, endured a screaming baby, or watched Airplane (RIP, Leslie Nielsen). The annoyance and comedy rose to new levels in the past month, as the Transportation Security Administration unveiled the new “whole-body imagers,” along with the enhanced pat-downs that you’ve either experienced or (more likely) heard about by now. These aggressive gropings caused a national outcry that could be summarized by the words of Alias’s Sydney Bristow, who once responded to a full-scale frisk by pointing out, “It’s not a date!”

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The TSA's New Security Procedures Touch a Nerve

America is in the middle of a privacy debate. But are these new airport security procedures too invasive or is this just a tempest on the internet?

America is in the middle of a vigorous privacy debate. The Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanners and new "enhanced pat-down" procedures have (ahem) touched a nerve. The new scanners, which have been introduced in more and more airports over the last few months, provide a full, head-to-toe picture of a passenger. Depending on the technology, the image is either pretty grainy and abstract or damn near NSFW.

You can opt out of the full-body scan, but that means enduring an "enhanced pat-down" with a TSA agent. In the new pat-down, introduced on November 1, agents use the front of their hands and "women’s breasts and all passengers’ genital areas are patted firmly." Sounds awkward to say the least.

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No-Fly Sillyness

These are weighty times. Some levity is in order. Meet Mikey Hicks. Hicks, a fair-haired 8-year-old New Jersey Cub Scout and junior black belt,...

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