Big Brother is Watching You (Naked)

It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen–oh wait, excuse me, wrong story. What I meant to say was that it was an unseasonably warm day in November when I read about the latest in airport security measures–full body scans.

Full body scans?!   Wasn’t walking barefoot through the metal detector with all legal liquids in a plastic bag and boarding pass and photo ID in tow enough? I can’t stand flying as it is, or airports for that matter, and now the TSA is requiring full body scans at all airports

So now, when I, an already anxious flyer, go to the airport, I have to pick between a TSA worker seeing me naked or a same-sex TSA worker touching my chest and other choice areas to make sure that I’m not hiding anything illegal in my body cavity.  Hmmm, a tough decision. Which method shall I pick? Be groped or be seen naked? Gosh, that high-speed rail  is sounding great right about now…(dang it, Scott Walker!).

Full body scans at security checkpoints have crossed a line.  At this rate, they might as well strip search us when we pass through security. Full body scans should be reserved for medical reasons only, not for use at airport security checkpoints.  

I don’t know what’s worse, receiving a full body scan or its alternative–getting groped.  Give me a break.  Of course, I’m sure plenty of Americans will defend this new measure, all in the name of American safety and security.  Safety at all costs!  Sure we have to sacrifice some personal freedoms in order to stay safe, but this new invasive airport security measure has gone too far.

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  1. If what they say about level of exposure to radiation is true, and the images revealed (from the TSA, not “leaked” from a site that used photoshop) are accurate, then I’m begrudgingly kinda sorta okay (but not really) with the scanner. I went through one when I flew out for my wedding, and it wasn’t that bad.

    That being said, my main problem with the scanners is that it DOESN’T make things easier for those with medical conditions or other physical disabilities. These people don’t get a choice – they get a pat down. And for these people, pat downs are innately more degrading than a pat down for someone else and TSA agents are not being trained in how to work with these people.

    My other problem is the loss of privacy (which is a constitutional right, no matter what the TSA says), and how passengers are frequently just shoved into the machine and the “option” of receiving a pat down is downplayed/not offered/not heard (intentionally?). And yes, I could just “stop flying” (the main argument of those who support the scanners), but that would mean no longer seeing my family, which is not an option.

  2. Thanks for commenting! I had no idea about the difficulties for people with medical conditions or other physical disabilities. A big concern of mine is that the TSA agents are not being properly trained in how to deal with people in a sensitive manner.

    I also have a big problem with the loss of privacy and people’s willingness to give up their rights to privacy. Next time I fly, I’ll probably opt for the pat down. I see it as the lesser of two evils. Sort of.

  3. Good post. I wrote about it too. I think these scanners and pat downs should be used more sparingly for those who set off “red flags”. They should not be mandatory. Our rights are being eroded.

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