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Old 06-13-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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Last nite I took a flight @ LAX; as I was walking towards the security check, I noticed there were multiple lines, eventually drifting to either metal detector or full body scanner. I did not realize where I was going until the full body scanner was in front of me whereas people standing in other lines could go through the regular metal detector. I was under the impression that it was totally arbitrary. Does anybody know why there was a difference?
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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Last nite I took a flight @ LAX; as I was walking towards the security check, I noticed there were multiple lines, eventually drifting to either metal detector or full body scanner. I did not realize where I was going until the full body scanner was in front of me whereas people standing in other lines could go through the regular metal detector. I was under the impression that it was totally arbitrary. Does anybody know why there was a difference?
It depends on the terminal. When I go through security at Terminal 6, there is usually a choice between the metal detector and full body scan lines; however, when I go through security at Terminal 2, it's arbitrary.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Reality
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I'm certain that it's determined by the relative humidity of the air in Moscow, either that or the people that work security at LAX are crazy. I'm loving the new United/Continental "premium security line" that basically allows anyone with a star alliance card to pass a few hundred people in line who have no clue what's going on. The line isn't marked and nobody knows if it's real but you walk up to the TSA guard at the bottom of the escalator and show them your boarding pass which I doubt they can read and they let you cut in front of everyone in line.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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I spend about 5 minutes watching the security action before I step into the line. I have always been successful going through a metal detector line. The TSA will change a line from MD to BS at intervals. Be observant and you will likely be able to pick your preferred screening method. I will never do the body scanner. I will go through the pat down, request a female officer to do it(I am a man), and accuse the men of being overly enthusiastic with doing their "job". It is all security theater - when we quit being so afraid to focus on Arabs and Muslims as terrorist threats, we will have an effective airport security protocol. Until then, play the game - that is all it is.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I flew out of Ontario (California) airport last week and they were running everybody through the body scanner because it was a slow time of day I've completely given up on retaining any shred of my dignity when going through airport security these days. After about a dozen body scans you stop caring anyways. Big brother has won this one.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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LAX is a mess..

San Francisco Intl is superior in everyway
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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LAX is a mess..

San Francisco Intl is superior in everyway
San Francisco Int'l Airport is superior to LAX - however it fails if your intended destination is Los Angeles.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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I always tell the TSA guys if your'e gonna take a naked picture of me with the scanner your'e gonna need a looooooooooooong lens
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