Maybe I’ve just been fortunate in my choice of airports I’ve flown in and out of, but, in airports that have the X-ray whole body radiation scanners, I’ve noticed that most of the time, few or none of them are in use, while the good old fashioned metal detectors are still being used alongside them.
Sometimes the Rapiscan machines will even be turned on, but they’ll be roped off, and people will continue to go through metal detectors instead. Other times, the Rapiscan units are just sitting there, dead.
There are two main types of whole body scanner these days. The L3 Pro Vision millimeter radio wave ones seem to have a higher level of use, but the Rapiscan type Xray radiation scanners seem to be little used.
I’m curious about this. Why is the TSA spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the Rapiscan radiation machines if they are not using them all the time once they have been acquired and installed?
After all, the TSA would have us believe two very dubious things – first, that they do not give us a potentially dangerous dose of X-rays, and second, that they do a better job of detecting things on our person than metal detectors.
If these claims are true (and most informed people view them as laughably false) then isn’t the TSA being remiss in not using them as much of the time as possible? Isn’t it honor bound to use the best equipment it has at airports to best protect us?
I plan to ask the TSA about this, but first would appreciate any feedback you can offer about the extent of this pattern of apparent abandonment of the Rapiscan units. What has your experience been going through airports with the Rapiscan scanners over the last few months?
Please let me know, either by email, or in comments below, if you’ve gone through an airport that has the Rapiscan type scanners, and, if so, if they were all in use with no metal detectors being used, if some were in use and some metal detectors in use too, or if none of the Rapiscan X-ray radiation machines were being used and only metal detectors were being used.
If you like, you can also share your experiences with the less controversial L3 Pro-Vision scanners too so we can compare Rapiscan use with L3 use, but it is primarily the usage pattern for the Rapiscan units that I’m most interested in. I have some theories about this, but would like to have some more solid data before leaping into the deep end.
Many thanks for any help you can provide.