Should you Opt Out of naked body scanners at airports?

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  1. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 11 years ago

    Read this then decide. . . … rport.html

    What do you think?

    1. profile image0
      shazwellynposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Ummm.... wonder if there is a way to monetize it? lol hmm

  2. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    I’d rather be scanned than felt up. Besides, as near as I can tell, the person viewing the scan isn’t even in the same “room”. There is no information connection or recognition connection between you and the scan (unless they find something of course). It’s just view and move on to the next one without records being kept. It’s only when the person doing the scan viewing contacts the security station that things start getting interesting…smile

    This is just my best guess; only your TSA representative knows for

  3. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    I also don't know if the separate-room setup is universal to all airports or not.

  4. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 11 years ago

    They could announce the fact that I was opting out over the PA system - I will still be opting out. I will also be going in a room. If they don't have a room, they better find one.

  5. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    I don't have a problem with body scanners...they use - is it Z-rays? - a new type of really 'low wattage' ray that is supposedly safe, but hey I smoke cigarettes why should I worry about a scanner?
    When I am sitting in a tin box at 20,000 feet I want to know that I am not about to be blown out of the sky by a fellow passenger.
    So bring on the scanners...

  6. thisisoli profile image71
    thisisoliposted 11 years ago

    Yes the scanner uses incredibly weak rays, and teh source to me seems to be very suspicious, in that it uses less scientific fact and more appeals to the worries of the masses. 

    I have been through the full body scanners on a number of occasions in several different airports and have no qualms about it, and no woman who uses imigary such as 'lining up like cattle' is going to change my opinion with such cheap shots at negative connotations to the practice. 

    Lining up like cattle is in fact, just lining up, perhaps there should be a scrum to decide who gets to go next? maybe the TSA can hand out consficated pocket knives and have a battle to the death to see who gets to go through the scanner next. 

    Personally I think I will stick to queuing it might be a little boring but it helps things flow smoothly.

    1. raisingme profile image73
      raisingmeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You have a point - people line up like cattle for Starbucks for heaven's sake, big_smile

  7. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 11 years ago

    Somebody in the article objected to the "I'm being arrested pose".  That's stupid.  If you're not being arrested you don't need to worry if your arms are in a position that happens to be similar to someone being arrested.  I think that's kind of the least of the issues.  People have a way of throwing in stupid things into an otherwise valid concerns/gripes, and mucking up the issues.  I think as long authorities are transparent (pardon the pun) about any records that could potentially be kept, I think hands-off always has less possibility of abuses (and real creeps that enjoy their line of work) than hands on.

    I find the whole scanner/security stuff objectionable enough to me that it would take a REAL emergency to make me choose flying over other forms of transportation; but I also know they haven't instituted what's there for security just for the heck of it - so it is what it is.  I wouldn't take a job that requires travel, and for now I have no relatives outside of driving/train distance - so for me, for now, it's all just about any vacations anyway.

    The thing I find very disturbing, though, is that once a person has entered into the security process at all, he can't just change his mind and leave.  I know it could look suspicious, and letting him go would let a "bad guy" go (so he could light his "funny" sneakers on fire at a nearby restaurant); but there's such a thing as people thinking they're OK with something until they actually get there and, for one reason or another, realize they just can't go through with it.  I didn't realize that aspect of the process until I saw it on the news last night.  I didn't see anything specifically related to this in the link above (maybe I just read too quickly), and don't know if one of the links there includes it - but anyway, here's an article about being arrested if you try to change your mind about both forms of security and boarding the plane at all:

    (Maybe there are good reasons for this little aspect of the whole security process, but to me, this is where it gets just that much creepier and questionable, "rights-wise".)

    Oops!  A very short time after this post I'm hearing on the radio that thousands and thousands of images from scans are being stored and sent one place or another; but also that people can take cell phone photos of the images.  Apparently, a couple of websites have celebrities' scans on them already.    hmm

  8. Flightkeeper profile image66
    Flightkeeperposted 11 years ago

    I think the whole thing is stupid.  I understand that we need to be secure but we're sacrificing a lot of privacy for security.  Israelis have flown and haven't resorted to body xrays, this is very intrusive.

  9. Dolores Monet profile image95
    Dolores Monetposted 11 years ago

    Suppose that you fly often as many people do. It's one thing if you have to go through a scanner once or twice, but several times as week - they don't even know whether that is safe or not.

    I can see myself having to go through one of those scanners at the age of 12 or 13 - the humiliation would be terrible. And for modest women, a scanner is so intrusive! Not to mention the invasion of privacy. People don't seem to care about privacy anymore. You have to get your bodily fluids checked for a lousy job at KMart.

  10. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 11 years ago

    Does anyone know if it is possible to "Opt Out" at all US airports? Is the body scanner compulsory at any airports?


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