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techdirt – TSA Agents Have ‘Limited Ability’ To Spot Prohibited Items In New Naked Scanners

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TSA Agents Have ‘Limited Ability’ To Spot Prohibited Items In New Naked Scanners (Privacy)

by Mike Masnick from the comforting dept on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 @ 1:32PM

This probably won’t come as a surprise after hearing about the massively botched TSA screening that resulted in a guy covered in urine, but a new report out by Homeland Security investigators found that training of TSA agents is rushed, poorly supervised, and not up to the necessary level for the new security screening procedures.

For example, given all the talk about just how important these new naked scanners are, you would think that the TSA agents operating them would be properly trained to use them to see the stuff those machines are supposed to spot. Not so, apparently. According to the report, due to a “software problem,” TSA agents were trained on images from an older generation of machines which did not adequately prepare them to use the new machines:

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