THE NEW AIRPORT SCANNERS VS YOUR PRIVATE PARTS

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AIRPORT SCANNERS: THE PRIVACY THING

My article, “Airport Scanners: Good For Your Health” got looked at more often than anything else I’ve done. The article was about  an aborted  attack on Delta  flight 523 to Detroit where  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab started waiving around a home made bomb.  Some of his fellow passengers said “That’s so not happening on this flight” and grabbed his butt. Nobody got hurt but lots of people got worried about how good security was.

Seriously? You can walk onto an airplane with a bomb?

All of a sudden, body scanners started showing up in airports and, all of a sudden, passengers started to get nervous about who was seeing what. It is amazing how uptight certain people are about having somebody see the outlines of their impossibly perfect bodies.

Like the guys behind the scanner don’t have bellies of their own!

Well, anyway,  ever since I published that article, I’ve been trying to stay up on airport scanner technology. I wondered if authorities really understood that the people who sputter about their privacy were much more anxious about their bulgy parts than their private parts. The average passenger will choose vanity over safety every time.

I guess Homeland Security gets it because the old body scanners have been removed from US airports due to “privacy issues”. However, a new wave of scanners is coming that only shows a “standard” body outline (hides your particular endearing characteristics).    The entire technology is under review with special attention to safety. Here’s an interesting article on howstuffoworks on the subject.

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The cartoony thing above? That’s my own drawing.

 


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