What we’re reading: TSA studies new body scanners, couple’s sex-toy humiliation, keeping LAX butterflies safe


Body scanners to be junked? DHS, Darpa look for new airport sensors

DHS and Darpa are looking to replace the whole-body scanners now in use at many airports nationwide.

In an announcement published Monday, the DHS and Darpa indicated that the research for improved body scanners will focus on two main features. The first is defined as “real-time utilization of compressive measurement techniques.” Its benefits will be faster acquisition of images with fewer samples, scanners equipped with less hardware and, most importantly, more precise and reliable detection with “reduced probability of false alarm.”

Virginia couple says Continental workers targeted, humiliated them with sex toy

A Virginia couple is suing Continental Airlines and United Continental Holdings when they discovered that one of the workers opened their luggage then taped a sex toy on top of one of their bags.

“Plaintiffs’ bags were sent to the baggage carousel where Plaintiffs discovered, to their horror, that a private sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance, and taped prominently to the top of their bag,” the suit states.

Airport safety extends to butterfly

Los Angeles International Airport has hired an entomologist to help a butterfly that lives at the end of one of the runways.

Dick Arnold, a 62-year-old entomologist, monitors, nurtures and protects the El Segundo Blue, an endangered butterfly that flutters in just a few places in Southern California, including a patch of land adjacent to the airport. Among his most important tasks: a yearly census of the insect’s population.