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Frisky? Airport Security Going Underneath Your Clothes

If you're a modest person, you might want to avoid 10 US airports this summer. Cities including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas have installed scanning devices, which reveal images of randomly selected passengers underneath their clothing. If you always wished you had X-ray vision so you could see everyone naked, you might want to get a job with airport security.

Those selected must stand inside a portal, raise their arms, and let harmless waves transmit an image of their body unclothed. Security personnel will be looking for plastic or ceramic weapons, undetectable because they are not metal. Faces will be blurred and images deleted.

The ACLU worries that the whole-body scanners could soon be used in office buildings or sports arenas. Are you willing to bear all if it increases airport security? Do you think there is a risk of abuse? Can all privacy be compromised in the name of security?


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ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
Kim, it has nothing to do with trust issues. This thing is an evasion of privacy whether the person is 10 or 20. Why should I have to subject myself to embarrassment and humiliation while a child gets a pass? It is wrong period. The terrorists probably are laughing at us. I highly doubt that they are going to use the same method twice.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I have been through the machine that blows the air ( you still have to remove your shoes), maybe this machine is different but they look similar. I just hate the waiting in the line - even arriving two hours before hand sometimes still makes you late or cutting it close. Sad but true. I have spent time running from the security line in my socks, shoes in hand trying to get to the gate to make my flight.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
ohjeeze, yes I did think of that scenario which is exactly where my conflict comes in to play. Terrorists and really anyone who breaks the law or tries to beat the system f&^%s it up for everyone else. And that ticks me off. The fact that someone would even consider putting explosives on a minor just completely boggles my mind, and because of that possibility I know I would have to allow my child to go through the machine (or if I decline then they face a pat down which I think would be worse). I am very conflicted by this and I'm dreading going to the airport in 2 weeks for our vacation. Now it's possible our airport won't have this unit in place yet, since it's supposed to be in place "this month". But hubby and I have already discussed it and if any of the children do have to go through it, we're not tellling them what the machine does other than it's just another security device to check for illegal substances/items. I think if my 16 yr old knew that someone in another room was able to see her naked body, she would completely freak out. My 11 year old would be embarrassed and not like it, my 7 and 5 year olds would probably find it hysterical and start laughing, or they'd scrunch up their face and think it's gross and give me one of those looks like ewww Mom. I also realize that my issues I have with this machine have nothing to do with the machine itself, it's with the person scanning, I'm fully aware that I have trust issues.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I have no problem with this machine, especially if it allows the TSA agents to do their job faster. There will probably be abuses of the system (because what government agency doesn't have people that abuse the system?) and those people need to be dealt with severly when caught. I personally feel that everyone should be checked with this machine, young or old. Don't make any exceptions, and give the .01% who wish to do us harm a small opportunity to sneak through.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Those machines that puff air are checking for chemical residues from explosive substances. They're not "peeking". I have no problem with that.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 9 years
Does this machine emit puffs of air? I had to pass through a machine that looks like this one at the DC Dulles airport but I dunno if it's the same one..
janneth janneth 9 years
I predict that more pretty young women will be chosen. Just wait and see.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
No thank you! I'd rather be a stripper and get paid to show my assets. This is a utter violation of privacy...not that the idiots in office know the definition of privacy. But hey, I wouldn't be surprised if there were cameras and FBI/CIA agents hanging out in vents of public restrooms, fitting rooms, and even bedrooms of hotels and such. Makes you wonder if GWB is a pervert.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
I don't like this at all. To those of you who said you have no problem as long as they don't scan minors, what if the parents just put the weapons on the minor since they know they won't be scanned?
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
A good night to all. :)
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I never said this was about what anyone looks like. Read between the lines.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
They're going to see about 50,000 people a day. Once they've seen the first 15 people go through the screeners will be so bored they won't care what anyone looks like. And it's not a strip search, don't be dramatic. It's an x-ray.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Respectfully, that's the whole point stiletta. 99.99% of people wouldn't have a problem, security wise, passing through this machine. But the fact that we would be basically strip-searched by some stranger in the name of an extremely rare possibility of another 9/11 really offends my sensibilities. And do you really trust a stranger to blur out your face or delete your naked "image?"
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Hey, if it makes us more secure, search away. It's not like they're going to find anything on me ... well, nothing that's gonna hurt anyone.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
You know, if I looked like Catherine Zeta Jones or Reese Witherspoon, this wouldn't bother me so much. However, I look more like Roseanne Barr in the old days--on a bad day. The saving grace in that is, I suppose, that no one will want me to pass through this scanner! Anyone taking bets on how many days before there's a scandal about those images not being deleted and/or being misused? I can't figure out why they haven't used plastic-explosive breast implants, I would think that would be impossible to detect.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
And by "The Girls," I mean my breasticles, not actual children! ;)
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
The whole idea of this makes me really uncomfortable.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I have a hard time wrapping my, head around this. What next? A cavity search? The terrorists must be laughing themselves senseless when they see how our liberties are being eroded. And of possibly subjecting children to this process, that is wrong on so many levels. If I am going to let The Girls out to play, it's going to be at a time, place, and with a person of my choosing.
Meike Meike 9 years
Hmm, my hubby found this article on that particular device. It includes an image of what the device scans and then projects on to the TSA screen for temporary viewing and deletion. Yeah, sorry, it's German.
Meike Meike 9 years
I've flew out of Vegas a couple of times already and used that device. It doesn't hold up anything and you get through the TSA line faster. As for the fact that they scanned me underneath my clothes and told me the machine was just sniffing for chemical residue or what not, I don't know what to make of that. I'm a little reluctant to go through it again. I guess it's okay if the images are completely deleted soon afterwards.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well at least now when I hear a gasp come from security I'll know what it's about.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
rac, They only do that when a person orders decaf.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I was once asked to remove all of my clothes which was weird because it was a Starbuck's. True story. :coffee:
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I feel as if this is a violation. No thanks.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
But with mall layouts, how many people would it take to adequately cover the whole area? I don't like the idea of a bomber attacking a mall on US soil. I just think more damage can be done with a plane than without.
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