Scanner Status Site: Your Reports Wanted

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Earlier today I mentioned the report from a reader who had enjoyed his first enhanced pat-down. This reader, Ari Ofsevit, has noticed the same thing many others have reported: the high variability in whether airports with the new scanning systems are actually making passengers go through them. For instance, last month when I was traveling through San Diego (home of the original "don't touch my junk" contretemps), I was allowed to choose between the new machines and the plain old metal detectors. I chose the old ones.

Ofsevit has started a site to collect and compare info on screening status. The site is here; a screenshot is below. Green means no new machines; yellow means machines present but not being used; orange, used for some passengers; red, used for all.
 
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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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