Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cringing at the thought of new airport body scanners

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like it when people see me naked. And that is exactly what the TSA wants to start doing with its new body scanners.

The machine looks like something out of a sci-fi movie and when you see the images that it takes for security officials to view, you’ll think you’re in a horror movie.

Many people, including myself do not like this idea. I think this is just one step further to completely losing your privacy. Eventually, whether you like it or not, the images will become clearer and may in time get saved in the computer. What’s to stop them?

Already, six different airports in the U.S. are testing the machines as a primary security check option, instead of metal detectors followed by a pat-down. The rest present them as a voluntary secondary security option instead of a pat-down, which is protocol for those who've repeatedly set off the metal detector or have been randomly selected for additional screening.

At the moment, not having any rules on what the Transportation Security Administration does with this machinery makes it so we don't have the guidelines to hold them to what they say. This is why I think they should make sure there are no loop holes around the procedures they have now so that it doesn’t lead to naked images being dispersed all over the internet.

I can just see going through airport security becoming even more uncomfortable than getting groped by strangers.

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