HowTo: Hack Together Your Own TSA Scanner

Hack Together Your Own TSA Scanner

HowTo: Hack Together Your Own TSA Scanner

TSA agents are having a little too much fun, it's time for the rest of us to join in. More complicated (and more promising) than the see-thru video trick, Jeri Elsworth gives instructions for building your own hand-held TSA see-thru scanner with a $3 feed horn and some (admittedly hefty) technical know-how.

UPDATE: New video uploaded with additional information:

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:D Lol I love it :D

What a sick mofo, whoever wrote this disgusting article! This is crap and to debase and disrespect women by doing this, esp in light of having a woman as the sample? Hope you mom, sister, or daughter doesn't have someone using this pervert tool/ device. I hope (assuming it's a guy) some big rough gay guy doesn't do this to you. Well, he should, just to teach ya! Wow...f************************ perverts/ sick #$%@s! Bloody sexual predatorrs.

filthy sick bastard who invented it and sick bastard who downloaded instructions !

you do realize a woman wrote this article

Ditto.
Everything was fine until the self proclaimed activist ruined the atmosphere!

how about the fact that it's a woman who made the video...

Isn't that thing dangerous though, as it's emitting radiation, like the tsa officers are not allowed to wear radiation detection badges, which is what doctors and other people that work with radiation need to wear, to ensure they are not over exposed. If people make this and are waving it around they could actually be harming themselves and others around them.
Also if anybody is going near an airport ask the tsa officers, why they are been denied radiation detection badges, as the body scanners may be causing negative affects to them and to anyone going through them.

Actually, no. The scanners use two kinds of radiation. First, *radio wave* radiation, which is no more harmful than visible light, or the insane amount of microwave radiation already zooming around you in very high concentration to bring us cellphone service, WiFi, cordless phones.

As far as the x-ray radiation used in the backscatter process, I'll let the FDA put it into perspective;

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Naturally occurring ionizing radiation is all around us. We are continuously exposed to this background radiation during ordinary living. In 42 minutes of ordinary living, a person receives more radiation from naturally occurring sources than from screening with any general-use x-ray security system.
The national radiation safety standard (see below) sets a dose per screening limit for the general-use category. To meet the requirements of the general-use category a full-body x-ray security system must deliver less than the dose a person receives during four minutes of airline flight. TSA has set their dose limit to ensure a person receives less radiation from one scan with a TSA general-use x-ray security system than from two minutes of airline flight.
A person would have to be screened more than a thousand times in one year to exceed the annual radiation dose limit for people screening that has been set by expert radiation safety organizations.

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Of course, this homemade machine doesn't even use x-rays, only microwave radiation. Therefore, it's no more dangerous than the leakage experienced in operating your home microwave oven.

ok so this home made devices sound alright, but your post did bring up something interesting.

"A person would have to be screened more than a thousand times in one year to exceed the annual radiation dose limit for people screening that has been set by expert radiation safety organizations."

How many people do the tsa people scan per day? like i'm also worried for them (the tsa people), because they would cover several people per day and as i mentioned they don't get to wear any radioactive badges to at least register the amount of radiation they are exposed, so within a month they might already have a exceed the safe amount of radiation and they could go home to their families and expose them also.

Not only that but tsa officers are not qualified radiologist, so i find it a little bit weird also that the tsa does not hire proper radiologist to help with the day to day running of the naked body scanners.

Ah, but "TSA has set their dose limit to ensure a person receives less radiation from one scan with a TSA general-use x-ray security system than from two minutes of airline flight."

Flying on a plane for just two minutes exposes you to more ionizing radiation than being inside the machine. Since many flights can go on for hours, we can imagine it's not a big deal. Also, the machine is designed to keep most of the radiation contained; it's not in the best interest of forming a good image to allow your image-forming photons to scatter every which way. Getting screened a thousand times is probably equivalent to being in the presence of the screening equipment hundreds of thousands of times.

Were will these searches end? How much more can the people law abiding citzens be abused? If a Train gets attached . body scan will happen there also, and where else shopping stores, supermarkets, we are indeed being controled by the terriost and no longer have fredom nor rights, and the terriost will have won!

lol @ "Terrorists win"!" xD

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