The photos of TSA-scanned fliers are flooding the Internet. A blogger has found that if he reversed the image of the negative, he/she gets this: (see a video below)
The Humble Libertarian took a scan from Drudge (which has apparently been scrubbed). An update from the blogger says the image on Drudge is not a TSA image, but a stock image used to illustrate the Drudge story. Note however that something is placed below her waist, and if you visit the link above, you will see a gun in her back waistband. We can only assume the stock photo is a TSA test photo.
Humble Libertarian says the image you’ll see at the top of his/her page is only a negative:
With photo editing software on any computer (like Microsoft Paint), you can easily turn it into a very realistic, nude photograph.
When I first got an e-mail from some of my libertarian colleagues here in Nashville who discovered this, I was skeptical. I thought the “reversed image” made from the negative must have been photo-shopped. So I took the image from DrudgeReportArchives myself, pasted it into Microsoft Paint, clicked “Image” in the menu at the top, and clicked “Invert colors.”
After reversing the negative, the image on this page appeared.
The video below has some stories that seem very credible: a man left standing in his underwear with his pants around his ankles…in full view of everyone. A beautiful 16-year old who travels often with the Chicago Children’s Choir is a cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg. She says she has had to completely remove her pants to show them her leg. Let’s face it, if your replacement knee, or prosthetic leg sets off the alarm, both the knee and the prosthetic leg can be proven easily in a pat-down that would not require pulling down the pants – how about pulling the up instead? How would you hide a weapon inside your knee? And then there’s this.
A warning for women: think about NOT wearing a skirt when you travel by air.
After The Humble Libertarian’s update, it is not completely clear to me whether or not TSA scanners alway use image negatives capable of being reversed, allowing the capability shown above. If you are familiar with the process, let me know what you think (and if you are not familiar with the process, please leave your thoughts as well).
TSA Scanners Reverse Image?
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