These machines have been rolling out to airport security checkpoints near you.
Meet Analogic, it probes your luggage at TSA checkpoints pic.twitter.com/xnTQV0nwiv
— Dooner 🏴☠️🅱️ (@TimothyDooner) March 7, 2023
The first thing to know about them is that they’re consistently reported to be slower than screening without them. Hopefully that’s just a training issue. They’re advertised as taking 6 seconds per bag.
TSA is using new expensive technology – TSA awarded a $781 million contract last year, following a $198 million contract in 2021, and in 2018 each machine was reported to cost $350,000 – that makes the screening process take longer while still requiring travelers to remove their shoes and take out their liquids (Europe is headed towards finally ending their participation in the War on Water).
I spent 40 minutes today clearing PreCheck at OAK. The new screening machines are 3 to 4 times slower, causing a proportionate increase in screening times. It wasn’t terrible when the 5 minute delay tripled, but spring break is a disaster.
Warning: @TSA has their stupid new toy (the “Analogic” X-ray scanner—yes, that’s is real name, and yes, it’s perfect) at Dulles, and it’s every bit as much of a disaster as it’s been at ATL. Be sure to build in time for a *substantially* longer security screening process at IAD.
— Clark Neily (@ConLawWarrior) March 22, 2023
The other thing is, could these machines seem any more Orwellian?
First TSA had “Rapiscan”. Now: “Analogic”. They TAUNT us with how easily they violate our rights. pic.twitter.com/QSEmtnff3N
— TheSmallestMinority (@smallstminority) August 14, 2022
Even the name. The. Name. I mean, if I have to spell it out for you.
TSA’s little machine is called “Analogic”- ANAL LOGIC
— Maddie Rae Gun 💖🏳️⚧️💖 (@MadisonRaeGun) December 20, 2022
The hope is that by using these machines to allow passengers to leave liquids and electronics in their carry on bags the time per passenger in the regular (non-PreCheck) line will be reduced. Clearly somebody had to make a ton of money restoring our rights to where they were pre-August 2006, but did it really have to be Analogic considering the invasive nature of the TSA to begin with?
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