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New Airport Security Measures

I'd Rather Not Fly Than Go Naked

Two women who would rather not disrobe for new airport security measures recently had to abandon travel plans. Last month while traveling through the Manchester Airport, these passengers passed through security and refused to undergo mandatory screening using new body scanning X-rays that leave little to the imagination.

Obviously, there are privacy concerns for passengers who'd rather not let it all hang out on a jaunt through airport security, but with safety in mind, security personnel also assure passengers that there are "strict procedures to reassure them that their privacy will be protected." Still, for these two women, who were randomly selected for the body scan, being exposed was not an option — one refused the X-ray on religious grounds and the other cited health reasons. Regardless of their reasoning, options are slim: get scanned or go home. These two opted for the latter.

To be clear, US airports offer an alternative to this more invasive kind of security scanning, and passengers can opt for a body search instead. What's your take on the new security measures?

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ThomasH ThomasH 6 years
I agree with Weffie. If we all flew naked there wouldn't be any issues! I also agree with Venus1. They are hardly intrusive. But then we know how paranoid some people are regarding nudity especially in the USA (agree with Torbach) Seriously though, if you don't want to be scanned then don't fly. Simples! This isn't a game any more and we have to put up with these security issues because of a small minority. I also think that, in Britain anyway, they should scan those who look like they possibly might be terrorists. In ther words, scan a man with a beard and cap and not some granny of 75!
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I thought I read before that the person looking at your body scan image can't actually see you and there is another security officer with you if something needs to be checked? Sucks but what can you do? Can't drive everywhere. Flying is becoming a major hassle though.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
I want to fly and be safe! These images are about as intrusive as an xray!
zeze zeze 6 years
I just don't like the "random" selection - everyone should have to do it, or no one. People are not perfect and unfair practices will take place, and why not offer a private search for those sensitive people - it's not an unreasonable request and the laws are set up so that unless something is an unreasonable burden it should be provided (in issues or religious/health concerns) And it's not unheard of that people's pictures will be saved/sent out - some Swedish passport people were caught saving travel docs and pictures of attractive women that passed through their airport - and you can't tell me no one would be tempted to send out pictures Robert Pattinson's body scan or Megan Fox - we live among humans and we can suck sometimes, so simple, easy measures should be taken to ensure a better experience for people and for fairness.
bellavita214 bellavita214 6 years
I bet if they were told they possibly had cancer they would have no issue with xrays... this seems silly to me. An xray is in no way the same thing as getting naked. At all.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Personally I'd rather not fly. I haven't seen the scanned images but with all the other restrictions airports have flying is becoming more trouble than its worth
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
10 out of a billion? are those odds supposed to scare people?
weffie weffie 6 years
I'd rather fly naked, they should just scrap the expensive machines and ban clothing like they did with liquids :D
Torbach Torbach 6 years
I think airport security is about as advanced as stone ships, needs major improvement. But these people with aversions to just phantom nudity... like American TV, more uproar over a boob being seen than the violence surrounding its use.
zzleigh zzleigh 6 years
It's not like the scanner spits out some glistening high-def pornographic image of your body that's going to get passed around on the internet. You're still clothed and those scans are pretty vague.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
From what I've seen, the resulting x-rays look like weird, ambiguous aliens. I'd say that leaves quite a bit to the imagination :o I don't understand the random selection, though... If this security procedure is so important and necessary, why only scan random passengers...?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
*write, not right.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I agree snarkypants. I have seen many examples of these scans and honestly I don't see anything that is over the line. On a side note I would like to ask those who are refusing to fly because of this to lobby hard for high speed rail, lol, please right your federal representatives and tell them to support it.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
if you don't like it, don't fly. you are not actually naked!!!
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