Via Matthew, Jonathan Corbett believes that the nude-o-scopes are easily foiled — supposed ‘threat items’ are displayed in black, and the background that people are shown against is black, so if you can simply cause an item to appear against the background it becomes essentially invisible to the machine.
By sewing a pocket on the side of his shirt, he shows himself walking through these machines carrying metal objects.
Here’s his video:
I wish he was more matter-of-fact in his presentation, losing some of the editorializing at the beginning and end of the piece.
But this is an important story, worth testing further and worth seeking TSA comment on. It’s suggestive, if true, of what most of us already know, that the machines are purely security theatre and an expensive federal procurement boondoggle.
Sadly I’ve argued in the past that we’ll probably need an even more expensive boondoggle in order to create a politically powerful constituency willing to lobby for an end to the nude-o-scopes.