Act now and travel with dignity . . .
Here's a suggestion. Let's let one of the major airlines bid for the right to be the "NO SEARCH" airlines. No body scanners - no pat-downs no metal detectors. The airline won't do anything to anyone who objects. Shorter lines - quicker check-ins. Should be very popular until a few planes get bombed. But maybe that won't happen.
Of course if this was proposed, the minority who object to body scanners would object, because their airline of choice is a prime target. They will insist that ALL airlines adopt lax standards so the odds of their plane being bombed are equal to those of planes filled with people who want security.
And that's wrong.
Sure opt out on that and they will bring out the latex gloves
Most people behind you will not appreciate it either.
I put out a tweet on that story, apparently most people opted out of er.... opting out, it seems! Sheesh! Oh well!
Will you say the same when they are introduced in railway stations, schools, bus stations, concerts halls, and other public places "for your safety"? Airports are just the start.
These scanners are a gross and unnecessary intrusion of privacy, their accumulative effects are dangerous to health, and they DO NOT make us any safer.
You have to understand that this is just a test of public reaction. If everybody meekly swallows their line of " if you have nothing to hide, then you won't object", they can do whatever they want to you.
We need to object.
Have you been complaining about the security sweeps since the very beginning? I don't recall seeing any posts about it.
UW - This is a classic right-wing HEADS-I-WIN TAILS-YOU-LOSE totally phony controversy. Here's how the scam works.
You protest how the federal government is abusing travelers. You scream for less stringent security. This can go two ways. Either you GET lax security (and hopefully a bombing) and then you scream about how Obama is weak on security.
OR - TSA continues to use scanners and you protest the tyranny of TSA.
Either way, you have a campaign issue. Want to see the proof that this is phony? Watch GOP candidates take BOTH sides of the issue - sympathetic to travelers AND strong on national security. This is the most revolting kind of politics (and yes, I have seen democrats do it ,too) and the GOP is planning to provide a steady stream of these 'outrages' but candidates will NOT take a clear stand but position themselves to be on BOTH sides of the same issue. (Example - being against the deficit at the same time you push for lower taxes.)
I can't believe how this is getting so blown out of proportion. You people who want to endanger the lives of others because you're afraid of someone seeing a silhouette of your body are better off staying home. You may want to re-think your priorities.
There's nothing that can be done to save a flight if there's a well thought out and enacted plan to bring it down!
If it would "ENSURE" my safe arrival, they can do a "finger wave" on me!
I could care less if they touch my "junk!"
If an "x-ray" pic is necessary...do it!
...but do it to everyone!
It's a body. I'll be donating it to science anyway. A scan is a lot less intrusive than a scalpel.
It's what's in my mind that is all mine and can't be seen. That's all I care about.
If there wouldn't be security we would be having a conversation about how low security is on the airports. I don't mind being buttraped by fat guy with his latex gloves if that's what's going to keep the plane going lol
by sannyasinman 11 years ago
Are Airport Body Scanners really necessary? Apparently not, because on 24 November 2010, the designated National Opt-Out day, the TSA simply switched them off to avoid embarassment and media attention, at airports all around the USA and let travellers go through without any body scans or pat downs....
by timothy_mccorkell 11 years ago
In the wake of the latest attempted airline bombing, this seems to be the debate of the day. Sure, the airport body scaners are intrusive. The person that scans you gets to see your body. And yeah, that's all of your body. But what's even more upseting to most parents, is the fact that the person...
by qwark 11 years ago
Who gives a damn!Do 'em both!When I fly, I wanna know I'm gonna arrive alive!You?
by frogyfish 11 years ago
When you fly, will you opt out of the full body x-ray scan? If so, why? If not, why?This goes beyond the day-before-Thanksgiving-boycotting. It seems to be being put in place for the long term. And many of our 'senior politicians' don't have to go through it. Repeated...
by Ralph Deeds 11 years ago
FINALLY — A great alternative to body scanners at airports . . . The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports. It’s a booth you can...
by Stacie L 10 years ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New software for screening travelers at U.S. airports will do away with naked images, addressing a major public concern, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.After complaints from travelers the TSA earlier this year began testing at four airports software...
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