Post # 1
So here I am trying to figure out my trip to the UK next month. And, of course, London airport is installing those full body scanners that show semi-naked pictures of you basically. They use electromagnetic impulses to detect things you could hide on your body, like a bomb essentially. The news keeps saying that people are really opposed to them. But then they show these little old ladies being all mad and being creeped out by their invasion of privacy.
What’s the hive think? Is it that big of a deal? Are they a necessary evil in this day of suicide bombs and people attacking planes or are you vehemently opposed to the scans?
Personally I’d rather be scanned than be patted down and I’d rather be scanned than deal with the prospect of terrorists. Not that I want, say, the whole line of people waiting to be scanned to see my image, but if it’s just one operator who’s trained to look for metal…
Post # 3
Terrifying!! They have them already at SFO, but so far they are only asking the men to go through them.
Disturbing to know that there are nudy pics of my Fiance out there that I did not take!
Post # 4
It is embarrasing, but I think if they can have the screen so that only the operator can see it (not like the the x-ray machines, where almost anyone can see the screen) it is better than being patted.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
TSA also “trains” its employees to search for bombs, etc in our luggage. That doesn’t mean some TSA employees don’t steal expensive equipment from our luggage, for example. I always travel with my mac & dslr on me. Everyone’s human, and some are more opportunistic than others.
It definitely creeps me out that some random guy sees me nekkid when I fly. No more personal responsibility…
Post # 6
@bearcub – No more personal responsibility how?
Post # 7
This honestly doesn’t bother me that much. I saw the pictures that they create (on the Today Show) and they’re pretty cartoonish. I don’t think it’s equivalent to me in a Playboy or something.
And agree with EJS…I’d rather have that than to be patted down.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
The images are reviewed in some sort of enclosed room, so not any schmuck can see them.
But I’m also skeeved out by the thought of trading privacy for security. Getting a little too Big Brother.
Post # 9
It is ridiculous. Every single one of us is more likely to die as a result of the flu the dude next to you in the plane has, but we don’t get ape sh!t crazy over that (only a little, this year).
Honestly, I think we should all have a little dignity and recognize that nothing can ever be 100% safe. The more terrorized and cowardly we act, the more the terrorists (whose job is to cause terror), have won.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
I got the pat down when I flew out to Hawaii for new years. I think it was random sample, but it was so embarassing having to stand on display in a little taped square in front of everyone. we didn’t have to deal with the scanners on the way home though, luckily.
Post # 11
From my understanding the viewer of the images is in a completely seperate location than the machine. Therefore this person would never really even know who you are.
I have no issues with this. It’s not as if they are viewing a full frontal spread in Playboy. From what I saw on the news it’s basically just an outline of the body, a woman was the participant and you couldn’t see her breasts or any other private area. I just personally don’t think it’s too invasive and I’m all for what can protect us better.
Post # 12
hah, tell you what, if it eliminates going through all the steps I had to deal with last week when I flew into the states… I’ll take it.
Seriously, I had to get x-rayed and had to COMPLETELY unpack each of my carryons 6 times for 3 flights (once for domestic flight in China, 3 before getting onto my international into the US, and twice in Newark before my domestic US leg!) It was absolutely ridiculous, the lines were horrendous, and it took for.ev.er. I’d MUCH rather have a quick scan and move on.
Post # 13
i’m fine with that if and only if they get rid of all the other completely looney rules they have in place. Color coded terror levels? please – give me a break, it’s just a political gimmick. Taking shoes off, fluids in a baggie, etc. Like I couldn’t switch my bottle of Herbal Essences with something if i wanted to. TSA that just screams and screams all day. If they could replace hapless TSA stuff with a single imaging machine that only one person sees, per line, whatever. I fly a lot, and that stuff annoys me soooo much, can’t you tell? hehe
Post # 14
They look like aliens!
Post # 15
Also – the images are completely private – they don’t display them for any other passengers OR other screeners for that matter.
Post # 16
I agree with others…I would rather have the full body scan done then to be patted down….I just want to be safe when I travel, so I am good with this new scan…