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Another Reason to Work Out: Whole Body Scanners

If you're traveling this weekend, you may wish you'd made your New Year's resolution a little early. Already, 19 US airports have received whole-body imaging machines that can detect dangerous items under clothing or hidden in places where security screeners aren't allowed to touch. Aside from explosives, weapons, and your private parts, the security personnel will have full view of any saddlebags and spare tires.

Many passengers, some members of Congress, and the American Civil Liberties Union are opposed to the imaging machines because the scans are so revealing. One woman said, "I am going to take issue with people being able to look at my children's bodies and my body." Another traveler said, "It's not like you're taking a picture and posting it on the Internet or selling it in a magazine. It's just a scan that lasts for 10 seconds."

When it comes to our safety, are these imaging machines a must, or do you think they infringe too much on our right to keep what's under our clothes private?

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sham28 sham28 7 years
I would definitely draw the line at orifice invasion, thank you. But my life is worth more to me than protecting the blurry indistinct ghost version image of my body.
sham28 sham28 7 years
I would rather have someone see a blurry version of my body for 10 seconds than get my body blown up in an airplane. Frankly I think everyone should stop whining.
ThunderRose ThunderRose 7 years
Um... I like the whole outline thing, and the people that get on with bombs... isn't that because they let them pass without PAT DOWNS? If they didn't slack off and skip that part, wouldn't they have caught that? Because although I want to be one of the people who says safety over privacy... all the men I know are talking about getting jobs there just for that. >_>;; Some of them were joking, course. But some WEREN'T.
hellojello hellojello 7 years
I think this is a scam. The company suppling these machines is going to make millions off of this, and why? To instill more fear into Americans (something that the government likes to do to control you). There are too many reports of how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on the plane without out a passport, that you cannot be certain this man was not put there by the same security that is supposed to protect you. Also, how are these scanners going to help anybody entering the US? Lastly, you can bet these images are saved someplace and will be used in the future to verify your identity, etc.
onthebus onthebus 7 years
I'm not one to give up freedom for safety but I really couldn't care less if I had to go through one of these scans.
commonsense102 commonsense102 7 years
Too much! I would be upset if my children or teenage daughters were seen in such a manner... I'm pretty sure your don't have to be a registered sex offender to be a pervert... only a matter of time before an employee use the images in an inappropriate manner. Plus what about the effects on pregnant women... too early to do an empirical study. They are way too revealing to use on every individual... try limiting to terror suspects... Total invasion of privacy... security at any and all cost... hhhmmm... not really buying this right now...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
and yes! THANK YOU BUNNYB! I was going to mention this in my original post but forgot. Really, Fit? this is a reason to workout? so TSA agents don't think I'm fat? There are many reasons to workout: health, better self image, stress relief, training, etc., but to look good at airports is not one of them.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
You are absolutely right, Anon @ 24. I completely forgot that TSA - obviously a government agency - is in charge of implementing the security measures. Airports are a different animal, though, than, say, public parks (with regards to security, governmental interest versus personal intrusion, etc)
jkat jkat 7 years
Yeah I am going to say if you don't want your body scanned, then make the personal choice not to fly. I would rather have someone scanning me for weapons for 10 seconds than be sitting next to a guy lighting his pants on fire in an attempt to blow up a plane.
bunnyb102 bunnyb102 7 years
THIS (?) is another reason to workout?!? Really? Are we that vapid? Honestly, I love FitSugar, but stuff like this drives me batty. Forget about health benefits, living longer, etc., we need to look "hot" for the TSA agents charged with protecting us. Frankly, this is their job. They aren't doing this to troll for honeys...and to think you need to work out for this is sad.
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 7 years
Come on, we're all naked under our clothes and most people know what naked people look like. I'd just concentrate on something else as the procedure is over so quickly...
kia kia 7 years
Privacy and security issues aside I am not going to get self-conscious about my body for some TSA folks who will be looking at A LOT of scans in their workday. I will save the concern for my saddle bags and spare tire for myself and my husband who really gets to look at me.
Monica-Bennett Monica-Bennett 7 years
Oiy. That is really revealing, but I think it is necessary to protect us from crazy people who want to hurt innocent people. Seriously. The only thing that concerns me are possible health dangers associated with this "body scanners" would hate to hear down the road in 20 years or so that these rays are associated with an increase in cancer.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It doesn't bother me. Your civil liberies - just an fwi - don't really apply in airports. The Constituion only applies to government (except, if I remember, the thirteenth) - not private enterprises. A police officer cannot stop you on the street, absent probable cause, and seach your purse. Airports, however, can.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Is that man wearing a thong?? :) I'm with Anonymous #8 and Spectra. Besides, that scan is hardly graphic. It's practically clinical. I prefer a scan over a pat-down, or security rifling through my luggage (that happened to me one time, and it was embarrassing, as I packed provocative undergarments, and the security officer was a man).
gtrswede gtrswede 7 years
Actually, it is like they're being posted to the internet - look at this guy. And, being an extensive traveler, I can tell you that airports are no safer than they were pre-9/11, they're just a bigger pain in the ass to go through.
watereatsrock watereatsrock 7 years
I think that other countries do a better job of securing their airports, maybe we can take a cue from them.
watereatsrock watereatsrock 7 years
Im completely down for safety, but it seems with all the precautions we take nothing seems to work, if this doesnt have proven results, then I dont think I should have to give up my privacy, lets see how it goes.
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