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The TSA May Be Getting Overconfident About Those 'Gingerbread Man' Scanners

August 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

TSA spokesman James Fotenos has emailed us a clarification about this story. Check the bottom of this post for the update, including an answer on what you can expect from TSA's Gingerbread Man scanner policies!

It's kind of a big day for Ohio travelers, as three of the state's airports got the new Gingerbread Man full-body scanners that TSA has been rolling out. Officials at CLE, TOL, and DAY have started routing flyers toward the new and very much working machines, which provide all the security of the old scanners without the backlash-inducing nudey picture overtones.

Further east, RDU is supposed to be getting the new scanners in the coming days, and of course we covered the installations in BWI and TPA in the political/technical backgrounder we did last week (you can read it here).

TSA officials are talking as if the new machines will resolve the concerns that everyone has with full-body scanners. We're not so sure.

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Why Does Toledo Express Airport Need a Full-Body Scanner?

December 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, it was announced that the latest airport to receive a Full-Body Scanner was Toledo Express Airport, in Toledo, Ohio. Our first thought: "umm, why?" Toledo Express isn't exactly known for being a high-traffic airport with a variety of passengers passing through; in fact, it's barely known at all, seeing as how it serves a whopping average of five flights a day to such exotic locales as Chicago and Minneapolis, and—if they're lucky—Detroit, only 45 minutes north by car.

Now we're not blindly hating on TOL; we've got family in the area and we've flown into and out of this airport more times than we care to admit. It's just that Toledo Express Airport has no reason to have a full-body scanner, other than the vague cry of "terrorism." All the potential knife-wielding gang members flying out already hustle up to Detroit to catch flights anyway. Toledo can't even call itself "Toledo International" because it only offers regional flights. But wait, now let's talk about the current security at TOL and why it's enough...

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My First Flight: 'I Remember Being Unimpressed by the Size of the Plane'

September 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

Everybody has a story about their first time. The anticipation, the nerves, the worry...but then the pure wonder when you finally take off. Of course we're talking about your first flight—the first time you boarded an airplane and discovered the skyways. We're looking to tell those stories in a new series simply called "My First Flight" and we're starting it off with one of our own. Want to share your first flight story? We've love to have it! Send it along to us here.

It was an AirTran flight, this I remember because my mom had asked the flight attendant if they had wing pins to give away to kids, since—you see—it was my first flight, after all. The FA replied that they didn't have those things on AirTran. I was probably bummed for all of a few seconds however, since shortly after that, the plane surged forward for take-off and I felt that sweet force that pushes you back into your seat. Plus I had other things to think about, like the fact that I was heading to Walt Disney World on a Florida vacation.

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