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An airport is a location from which flights take off and land. International airports provide useful venues for trying out social control measures, conditioning, surveillance technology and for data collection.


International airports have played a historical role in the global standardisation of surveillance and social control. Initially, this was centered on passengers transit across national borders, and involved passports, visas and customs checks. This has been developed into standardisation of products, such as suitcase locks (especially with the advent of the TSA), safety specifications, limits on capacities of batteries of laptops, cameras etc.

Universal surveillence

Airports have long had CCTV and Xray scanning of luggage. Since the "war on terror", surveillance has been dramatically extended, using the enemy image of "terrorism", to include microwave scanning of passengers, body heat detection (in connection with the SARS virus, in particular), collection of images including retinal scans, fingerprints, and DNA collection.


Full article: TSA

The TSA, rolled out after 9-11 is widely criticised for its contribution to the airport experience.


CNN Airport Network is a specifically tailored content designed to play at people waiting in airports.[1] Fox News reported that CNN paid US airports, on average, over $100,000/year, to show their output to waiting travellers.[2][3]



Other airports

Non passenger airports, such as those for the military, typically have much less scanning and monitoring technology. Some act as hubs for the illegal drug trade, notably Mena Arkansas.



Page nameDescription
Angel FireA hub of deep state guns and drug running in the 1980s, similar to Mena, Arkansas, but much less known.
Schiphol AirportDutch main airport just south-west of Amsterdam, Illegal drug trade is a significant part of its cargo.


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