I think the joke is on the TSA screeners that will be doing the viewing. Depending on their gender and orientation, I say that the majority of travelers that a screener would view in a day would not be a pleasurable experience! All jokes aside, I do believe this to be excessive, yet another step in the wrong direction for personal privacy in the US.
Should I bend over and grab my ankles while I'm at it? I think this is carrying things a bit far. I'd like my privacy back, please. Yet another reason to vote for Bob Barr - the privacy advocating Libertarian candidate. http://www.BobBarr2008.com
so, is this the booth that shoots little blasts of air on you? then I was asked to go through it as dallas fortworth. Still us ladies always have the "natural safe". I'm waiting for the complimentry pap-smear!!
Yea this could help airport security i guess, but honestly, this is more of the government and media focusing on the wrong issues. Terrorism is terrible, but it's not that big of a problem in the scheme of things when compared with poverty, world-wide health crises, healthcare, global warming and the energy crises. Waste of money and a distraction from our real problems.
9/11 brought many changes. If you are going to fly, there are restrictions. This isn't a government office, this is private enterprise and it is part of the price we pay for the convenience and carbon emissions of flying.
I've personally experienced this before and it's really not that bad. I didn't feel invaded at all whatsoever. I didn't even know what was going on. I just stood there, followed the directions and was on my way. I never saw the person who got to see me 'naked' and they didn't see me either. And it's not likely that someone is going to take a picture of a half assed black and white naked picture on a computer of someone you can't even recognize. And God forbid someone did, what the hell would they do with it?
Personally, I'd rather go through that machine than have someone pat me down. If that's what it takes to keep our planes safe, then so be it.
Have you thought for a minute that our planes are already pretty damned safe, and that this invasion of your privacy is completely unwarranted?
If you don't mind someone looking at you naked, then if someone took your picture while you were in the shower you'd be fine with that? What if you have something that easily identified you in the image? Say a scar, a disfigurement, or a birth defect that is covered by your clothing? If for some odd reason the TSA inspector thought it was funny, or interesting, and he/she posted it, even if just in the breakroom, is it still okay?
I know this is a lot of questions, but there's a lot more to think about than just a momentary sneak peek at your goodies, and you have more at stake than ten seconds in a machine before going on your way.
This is outrageous. Flying is already incredibly safe and theses machines are unlikely to make it any safer. Between this out-of-hand security nonsense, the skyrocketing prices, and the ever-growing list of a la carte charges, I think I'm done with air travel.
As a mother of two who spends hours in the airport twice every month, I have serious concerns about this new technology. How old does a person have to be to avoid this technology being used on them? My daughter is seven and flies unaccompanied - they will scan her like this over my dead body, I don't care who they think they're saving!
I would love to be able to thumb my nose at the TSA and avoid air travel, but then my child would never see her father. For some of us there is no choice, but I'll be damned if I allow strangers to look at my daughter this way.
honestly i think this is one step closer from us being sodimized by our government. they can just say its for our safety, which would give them all power to then violate of our constitutional amendments.
That's fine. It really doesn't matter to me. I can choose to fly or not to fly. It's not like I am forced to walk through the machine every day to get to work or school. That would be a different story.
i don't really travel enough to care, but aren't those who do travel often find themselves surrendering their privacy everyday....and at a price? perhaps one may think about the other end and consider the fact that this is a "calculated precaution" intended for our own good.
I don't understand what they are supposedly "protecting" us from. Terrorists? Because that is not the real threat. Us letting the government step in and take more control over our freedom after every major disaster is the problem. Go to YouTube and watch Zeitgeist the Movie: World Trade Center parts 1-4.
i feel the same way about the airport seeing me naked as i do seeing myself naked. i don't really care. i don't have anything to hide, be it weapons or body parts. i just think they're pushing it a little when they could have developed the machine to locate metals on the body rather than create an actual 3d physical map of your body.
I am not an exhibitionist and it is kind of awkward, but as long as the new machine helps to ensure the safety of passengers, who cares. I seriously doubt anyone is going to get any pleasure out of this, so it really is nothing more than a job.
Have any of you who like the idea of this virtual strip search ever read any of the personal stories of those who work FOR TSA?????
I wouldn't trust ANY of those people for ANY REASON. You are telling me that they can be trusted to be professional? You telling me that they can be trusted to not inappropriately take photos??? You telling me that some schmoe off the street can be hired to do something that most doctors do not even do??? Sure, the imager doesn't save photos...but cell phones sure do.
I would bet money that if this actually goes live across the US that within the 18 months, there will be a number of outrageous actions by TSA screeners and/or misuse by them.
The screener who sees the body scan at their station never sees "you", you're walled off, obfuscated, and their hi-tech job shows them body scan after body scan for an entire shift, with the occasional hitting a button and clicking a location to have the face-to-face screeners investigate you with sticks, chemicals, rubber gloves, and other weird things you're thankful their not touching you with if you pass the body scan.
guys guys guys.... calm down..... look at the pictures... they are in GRAYSCALE... you cant exactly jack off on that.. plus how you SEEN America 2day? most people are fat or ugly .. (sorry).. you may think ur the next jessica alba but most likely you're not... so after being exposed to thousands of fatty pictures.. i dont think tsa security are going to enjoy most of the experience... and so what if your insecure about less-than-normal penis size or i just mentioned it up there ..ur fat ass or whatever....they're not going to remember who you were... your not going to be walking down the street and have an-ex agent come up to you and say...
""u were guy with a 2 mm penis.... good job man u set a record!!!"
plus i rather have the 30-second scan than a guy come up to ans start rubbing himself against me all over for more than 2 min.......
I wanna say that United Airlines has something like this. It actually looks like the clear and blue American Express card, and you just step into this big white step thing.
I don't know if this is the technology they used, but I imagine it to be.
Safer is a joke. All that sh!t is is an illusion of safety. I can still think of a million ways to get illegal things and things that make things go boom onto a plane.
Next week I'm so getting a letter from the rcmp about that.
This is scarey, invasive and down right rude....they won't be satisfied untill we are all traveling stark naked with our destinations and vital statistics tatooed to our ass.
Enough to make you sick....they are terrorizing our entire traveling population for some threat that they should have been able to prevent in the first place. Maybe that 490 billion should have been spent teaching the administration to listen to the intelligence which would have thwarted the 911 attacks, instead of ignoring it. This is a huge waste of taxpayers money....bet we can all guess which good buddies are making a killing off of the secutity devices they terrorize us with.
This is probably a relatively crude beginning with this kind of technology, and as the future rolls around there'll be more sophisticated machines that only scan for the information necessary. It may be uncomfortable for to some, but we have to start somewhere, especially when it means saving hundreds or even thousands of inocent lives.
Need to start somewhere to getting our human rights back from this police state of a government. I thought this was a free country. I feel so over protected that it feels as though a noose is around my neck, and as time passes it only gets tighter.
I have traveled many times each year within the USA since 9-11, and I don't feel any safer than I had before. The only thing that I do feel is more annoyed, impatient, and taxed for the wonderful conveniences of Homeland Security. This is a complete waste of resources.
I don't know how I really feel about this. The idea of this scanner does seem to be less intrusive because instead of standing behind glass in the middle of the airport and removing your sweater, belt, shoes, etc and being patted down (which has happened to me and it was not fun), you're essentially standing for a few moments in a telephone booth.
It's only random right now. They're testing it out. The TSA, I think, wants to eventually replace regular metal detectors with these things. I've been in one. It's weird, but everyone is rather professional. They have to be really careful because it has the possibility of being a major law suit waiting to happen.
They can knock their fool selves out if I don't have to wait to get on a safer plane. I really don't see how anyone has a problem with this. It's a much prettier picture than the one of them picking up pieces of you on the evening news.
X-raped, you can see my body but not my face. How violating, not only are you seen naked but in the name of "safety" you are only viewed as a body without any of the conditions(emotions, rights to privacy) born through humanity. I believe that airport security has reached a new low. This is infuriating. This seems enough to motivate people not to fly.