It’s hard to believe, but those new scanners that give airport employees Superman’s X-rated X-ray vision… are coming to LA in a matter of WEEKS!!!! Of course there is a purpose to this. Government officials claim it’s the fastest and surest way to detect weapons and explosives.
In early April, the scanners that show what you look like UNDER your clothes will be in place at Los Angeles International Airport and several others. Boston’s Logan International goes online on Monday, and that’s followed by LA, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Fort Lauderdale.
A USA Gallup Poll released in January says 78 percent of travelers are comfortable with someone looking at them basically in the nude… for the benefit of security.
When I talked to women on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, I heard a very different story. In fact, the women I spoke with were so uncomfortable they preferred to be anonymous.
Here’s what they said:
“There’s no way I’d put myself in one of those scanners.”
“I don’t want anyone I don’t know seeing me naked!”
“This has gone too far! What about our rights to privacy?”
“It just doesn’t seem decent.”
If you look at the slide show attached to this article you’ll see the images technicians will see when people put themselves through the scanner. Yup, under the clothes means just that.. every little bump and ripple.. exposed!
The Transportation Security Administration says security officers will be looking at your body in a remote viewing room, and explains your face would be obscured. They wouldn’t see who the body they’re looking at belonged to. Also, they say the images won’t be stored. The TSA also explains it’s a much more efficient way to spot illegal devices like guns and explosives.
The American Civil Liberties Union is publicly denouncing the new scanners calling them a virtual strip search. Most women I spoke with agree, and feel extremely uncomfortable about being viewed naked… even if no one sees their face.
Here’s the good news. When they’re installed you won’t HAVE to use them. You can decline and opt for the old metal detector and pat down. According to the Associated Press, this was approved by the Obama Administration at a cost to you the tax payer of 25 million dollars for the units, and much more for the staff and expertise to view the images.
The Transportation Security Administration explains how their new technology works on this website: http://www.tsa.gov/approach/tech/imaging_technology.shtm
And.. please judge for yourself. View the slide show I’ve posted to see what the body images from the airport scanner really look like. Some say it shows too much, but there are those who feel comfortable with the over exposed x-ray image.
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