1.08.2009

Is the TSA violating your privacy with its new body scanning machines?

I am not to sure about this here. I know art imitates life but c'mon. This seems WAY to Big Brother to me. I can not believe that we are as a society letting our rights be systematically stripped away. Either we are letting them be taken away or most of us are sheep and have NO idea what is going on. Why do you need to full body scan me?! Why is it random? Shouldn't a pat down and wand be sufficient enough? Shouldn't it be a suspicious person who gets the scan?! Germany has decided they will not be used; that alone should tell us everything we need to know....

"Virtual strip searches" are currently being done using full-body scanners at Los Angeles International, JFK, Baltimore-Washington International, Miami, and many other airports.

Passengers are randomly selected to step into the machines. The scanning process takes about 40 seconds. You make two quick poses. One with your arms up and the other with them down.

But late last week, Germany decided that it would not allow its airports to use full-body scanners. And many other people are concerned that these scanners are an invasion of privacy. What do you think? At the right is a sample photo, one of many posted by Der Spiegel.

In response to reader comments about the safety of these scanners, the TSA and the machine manufacturers told Aviation.com that, "the amount of radiation during the scan is equal to 15 minutes of exposure to natural background radiation on a sunny day." That is significantly less than a traditional X-ray.

A TSA spokesperson has responded to the controversy with the following comment:

Blogger Bob here from the TSA Eos Blog. I wanted to clear some things up. These are not the images that our officers see. To read more about the technology and to see the correct images, please go here. Importantly, we've designed the program not to retain any image created and to prevent the [officer] looking at the image from being able to see the individual being screened. The TSA website also contains information on this and other programs your readers might be interested in.
Thanks, Bob TSA Evolution of Security Blog Team

My response is that you go, as Bob suggests, to see the image examples on the TSA blog page. Are they really that less invasive? You be the judge!

1 comment:

Craigjc said...

It's a straight violation.

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