The poor TSA. The agency got these futuristic scanners to play with — a geeky dystopian authority's dream — and everyone hates them for it. A federal judge, who today called the scanners a clear intrusion and agreed the technology was implemented illegally also offered words of praise that have everyone confused.
The International Air Transport Association, which is basically a TSA for the rest of the world, is demoing the "Checkpoint of the Future." It involves being "able to get from curb to boarding gate with dignity," without having to unpack your bag, take off your shoes, or, erm, get up close in personal with a security official.
Forget those intrusive airport security scanners, within a few years genetically modified plants could be detecting bombs at airports.
If you don't like taking off your shoes in the airport security line, you can blame triacetone triperoxide (or TATP), the hard-to-detect explosive used in the likes of shoe bombs. Well, you'll still have to take off your footwear to get scanned, but TATP just got a lot easier to spot thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois.