"One of the main criticisms of the scanners, which have already been installed at 19 airports in the U.S., is that they cannot detect low-density materials such as powders, liquids, thin pieces of plastic or anything that resembles skin. Nor can they detect any explosives concealed internally."
The sad fact is that it's never possible to guarantee 100% safety against terrorism. And the more intrusive you make the checks, the longer the check in times and the more people will be put off from travelling by air.
I'm with Madame X/Benjamin Franklin on this issue.
Terrorists, like criminals generally, will always find loopholes.
I wonder, from reading your posts, just how much incursion into your civil liberties you would actually put up with, if push came to shove.
I've a hunch that if the incursions affected you personally (i.e. they stopped you from earning a living or doing the things you enjoyed on a day-to-day basis) you wouldn't be quite such a cheerleader for the police state.
Empress: Police state? If it meant that I had a police state or death....I'll adapt quickly to the police state. I am a survivalist who understands the eternity of death. If Islam became the power, I will buy a carpet and pray 5 times a day until the next change in authority...:-) You may refer to me as the "chamelion."
Empress: I think I have answered that. if I choose to exist in a police state and that is required of me..of course I would. If I had an option, and there usually are options, to live in other than the police state, I would move. But, if a world gov't becomes a police "state," you bet. The "Chamelion" would do what is necessary to survive.
Is that the same type of scanner that they have at Manchester Airport? I'm only asking because the pictures in this link look different to the pictures on the Sky.com link, it looks like a lower density image.
I don't think anything is too invasive if you've nothing to hide. I have heard of drug traffickers getting stripped and searched internally, but they don't do that without good info that the person is carrying something extreme like heroin. As for searching passengers for potential terrorist activity; well I don't like it, I hated that they took the cellophane wrapped unopened cartons of tomato frito off me that I was taking home as a gift for my mother (it was liquid and liquids are banned from hand-luggage), but I'd rather that than someone bringing a liquid bomb aboard the plane. Passenger safety is paramount.
Madame X: I want to enjoy this short life using my "intelligence" to survive. I am not the kind of American patriot that will willingly die for my country. Life is good! I want to live for as long as my genes are programmed to allow me to.:-)
i reakon they don't search hard enough!! my partner and i left NZ, to Aus to live, we both had warrents for arrest against our names. lol They are not too bright..we didn't do anything that vad though, just for traffic offences and not paying our fines
Oh yeah i told the governemnt people all about my plans to move to Aus, they tried to scare me saying 'pay or stay'. And said that they were going to do eveyrthing to try stop me..But the warrent for arrest is apparently 'a civil matter', which means it's got nothing to do with the cops, therefore, whos going to arrest me? The NZ goverment r so dumb.
Many people agree and disagree with racial profiling. To put it in simpler words, if someone looks like a terrorist, for example, do you think he/she should be stopped and checked in the airport only because the person...