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comment What was this security screening process in Swiss airports, circa 1970?
@OON Actually, metal detectors in airports were around for some time already, when it was mandated by US FAA in 72. For example, this and this, both seem to be from newspaper articles that say, the detectors were used in Heathrow since 1970. Some large American airports seemed to like the idea and deployed checkpoints with metal detectors around that time voluntarily. That includes at least New Orleans and JFK.
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comment What was this security screening process in Swiss airports, circa 1970?
@Semaphore That does come to mind when looking at this picture, and it is precisely why this is strange. Flying was still strongly associated with luxury back then, so it is not like going into a jail, or something. Physically searching everyone, without at least flagging certain people as suspicious by some more "socially acceptable" means first, is like instantly jumping from zero security to the kind of embarrassment and inconvenience we have today. I wonder how any airline could get away with that, without loosing the majority of their customers, especially if others did not require it?
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comment What was this security screening process in Swiss airports, circa 1970?
@SolarMike Was it like that back then? Even today it is certainly not prohibited everywhere, even though it is in many places. But on the other hand, there is, indeed, a very small amount of information about this available out there, after all, that is why I am asking the question. :)
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
@Semaphore Sorry about the several comments in a row. One can not edit their comments after five minutes so there is no way to add some information an hour later. :) I do try to fill up the comment character limit when posting a lot of text at once though. Can you please tell me where you have found the extra information on Linda Fay?
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
Also, how would you contact an airport, about something like this?
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
Yet I can find no information about this Atlanta thing, even though it seems to be earlier. By the way, how do you know about the model, seems to be nothing other than the name there, and Google does not really find anything about her either?
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
@Semaphore Is this the link you are referring to? That just gives more information on the picture itself, I meant information on the instrument, and this testing they were doing. The thing about this is, it is often quoted on the web that New Orleans airport was the very first in the US to set up some security checkpoints in July 70. Kennedy got some in early August, a plane got hijacked days later, when an armed guy walked right past a distracted guard, so newspapers recorded the fact that it was there.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
@Semaphore I did originally post here the link that you gave me as a source of the picture. I guess that information was lost when Malandy later inserted the photo into the post directly. Again, I did not mean to omit anything.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
@Semaphore Wait, Atlanta History Center actually provides more info on it? I did not realise that, thought it was just the picture there. Well, that was not intentional, I did not mean to hide information from anyone, of course.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
If only someone could find some description or reference to it in some proper reliable source... Or, maybe, by pure chance, someone has the pictures, that were taken by the other photographer... Then we would not have to guess. There are two of what seem to be some signs, but both are facing the other way.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
Ok, now I can see the wiggles on the line. I was originally referring to the big spikes that seem to repeat every so often. Yes, they are not identical, like heartbeats or something, but still similar to each other. There appears to be no distinctive feature, which could be a reaction to her going through.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
On top of that, on the accepted pictures of airport metal detectors, even the most compact models, are a lot bigger and more bulky than this, and that was ten years later.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
Thank you for your reply! I am certainly not saying the technology did not exist, just that it was not meant for this purpose. When metal detectors became compulsory in 72, they would initially make them out of loggers metal detectors, used to find broken tools in wood... What are the cycles on the graph though? Is the frequency that low? I guess in that case one could really easily walk through between the impulses there. Also, the poles seem to be attached to a metal fence, and even these days, many metal detectors do not work properly, when placed adjacent to each other or metal objects.
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comment Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
@JonCuster. If that is late sixties or early seventies that would certainly make a lot more sense, but would the trousers and ties look different then? The equipment and the whole scene are still strange though.
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asked Is this 60's Atlanta airport security picture geniuine, and if so, what is happening here?
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asked What was this security screening process in Swiss airports, circa 1970?