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Two Women Refuse Full-Body Scans, Coming Soon To An Airport Near You

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, March 04, 2010 11:44 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Airport Security, Rapiscan, Full Body Scans, TSA, Terrorists, Explosives

Full body scanners will be used at U.S. airports beginning Monday.

Refusing The Scan

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IMAGE SOURCE: CBS News Web site on body scans

Two women were stopped from getting on a plane at Manchester Airport in the UK for refusing to submit to a full body scan.

The women were selected at random and told to go through a new body scanning machine on February 19. One woman refused on religious grounds. She is believed to be a Muslim. The other cited health grounds.

The machines were placed in the airport last October as a trial to check for any concealed weapons or explosives.

But the machines show fairly clearly one’s body shape and vague impressions of one’s private parts. They’ve been deemed an invasion of privacy. The women were not allowed to fly.

In U.S. airports, where body scanners have been installed to find passengers such as the Christmas day underwear bomber over Detroit, passengers have the option of undergoing a pat down search.

Expect more refusals soon.

Monday Scanners Installed

CBS News is reporting that beginning Monday, the next generation of body scanners will begin to be deployed at airports across the U.S. beginning with Boston’s Logan International Airport.

That is where 10 of the 9/11 hijackers boarded the airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center.

Altogether, 450 new machines will be installed at a cost of about $150,000 each.

The body image will be seen in a remote viewing area and TSA, Transportation Security Administration which oversees the program, has no plans to retain the images.

Not everyone agrees with that assessment.

Privacy Issues

The Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest group focused on privacy told CNN it obtained documents from the TSA which specified in 2008 that full-body scanners at airports must have the capability to store and send images.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the body scanners a “virtual strip search” that violates privacy rights and is ineffective against a terrorist who wants to bring something onboard one of the airports that does not have the full-body scanners.

With 490 eventually deployed and roughly 2,100 airport security lanes, there is room to bypass the scanners.

TSA plans on a random spot check with some individuals going through metal detectors and others sent for the full-body scans.

Digital Strip Search

Known as “Digital Strip Search” machines they use millimeter wave sensors of backscatter X-rays but they do not reveal anything hidden in a body cavity and UK tests find them unreliable in detecting plastics, chemicals, and liquids.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who heads the Chertoff Group, represents leading manufacturer, Rapiscan Systems, something he did not reveal when promoting their use to the media, reports the Washington Post.

Other lobbyists represent manufacturers, American Science & Engineering Inc., Smiths Detection, and L3 Systems, represented by former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.

The puffer machines, currently in use, have not been particularly reliable even though the U.S. spent $36 million on 200 machines. #


17 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Sue Wilson
Friday, March 05, 2010 12:54 PM EST

Privacy issues aside, the most important issue is HEALTH. These are x-rays, folks, and you're being subjected to radiation in these scans. NO WAY would I allow it. Now, imagine if you're a frequent flyer-- all of the constant radiation. JUST SAY NO!!!!

Anonymous User
Posted by Tom
Friday, March 05, 2010 2:04 PM EST

Simple rules of thumb.
How would you feel sending your 12 year old daughter through this machine?
How would you feel if images from your 12 year old daughter's body scan were found on child predator's computer?
Would it upset you if those images would not be considered porn or even illegal?
Would you have failed as a parent if you allowed this to happen?
If any if these thoughts cause a negative reaction, then there is probably something wrong here at the basic level.

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, March 05, 2010 2:57 PM EST

Tom- I like the way you think. thanks!!

Anonymous User
Posted by Lilou
Friday, March 05, 2010 4:30 PM EST

This is the most ridiculous thing... it won't stop terrorism. The terrorist can go to a smaller airport without a scanner and then tranfer through a larger airport and bomb or whatever he/she plans to do. This is a HUGE waste of money and invasion of privacy.

Anonymous User
Posted by Marty
Saturday, March 06, 2010 4:43 PM EST

This all boils down to keeping people in fear and greed for money. Look who reps the leading manufacturer- a former Homeland Security Secretary. So....scare the people then convince them to buy the scanners. wth

Anonymous User
Posted by Big Brother Wants 2 See More?
Sunday, March 07, 2010 4:11 AM EST

I am TOTALLY in agreement for swabbing of hands (for explosives residue) and more thorough pat downs, etc... This new X-Ray machine is TOTALLY an invasive procedure, as well as VERY expensive! Way to go Obama...once again you managed to waste OUR money on something NOBODY WANTS!!! I will refuse it every time, and when they make it mandatory, I will either take a train or drive to where I need to go. Time for a new Chief!!!

Posted by Sheri
Sunday, March 07, 2010 10:04 AM EST

What about if you have private body piercings? Ten what???

Anonymous User
Posted by Peter L
Monday, March 08, 2010 4:54 PM EST

What is the most evil about full bodyscanning is that the terrorists win this way.
Full bodyscanning means that the government subjects its citizens against their will, by force, to be stripped and searched. The only reason we citizens would subject to this is fear of government, which can this way stop us from flying.
Yes, our governments have now become 'terrorizers' themselves, or better said, 'proxy terrorists' since they do what the original terrorists would like to do onto us, so put the fear into us.

Posted by venita
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 8:49 PM EST

yep - i am a nurse and this is radiation and more and small amounts build up not to say if the machine malfunctions and sends you a big amount of radiation. Hey who is behind this crap - where are the human rights people - i will just buy a refundable ticket and get my money back and not fly anymore . Lastly, who gets this scan - all or none in my book? Isn't that discrimination if they just pick some people and not others? I am not putting any child born or unborn through this.

One time at the airport the machine made a sound and the person was so rude and wanted to take me to a room and search me> ( i have metal in my body from surgery) these TSA people are ignorant.

good luck america - we are prisoners in our own county.

Posted by venitta
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:03 PM EST

the real idiodic thing is if you want to be a real terroist just take karate - you don't need a weapon - because your hands and fingers are your weapons.

i suppose this is the jobs that are being created for us in this hard economic times.

now we have untrained TSA personel knowing our private medical information. i had to tell them when the machine beeped and they wanted to search me in private about surgeries and metal in my body.

stupid stupid stupid policy.

i suppose we all better move to where we want to stay for our lives because unless you give up rights we are grounded.

Posted by Bret Hanna
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:56 PM EST

Wow. I have to say that I find these comments way over the top. Come on people, a grand conspiracy? Radiation deaths? Porn mongering? Fear, greed and Obamawaste? The government is now a "proxy terrorist." Really? You people are kidding, right?

For those of you who intend to refuse, fine by me - the lines will be shorter for those of us willing to accept reasonable requirements to enhance safety. The same goes for those of you opting for alternative forms of transportation - shorter lines and less congestion at airports and on planes. No human created security system will be foolproof, but I'm all for taking reasonable steps to put the best system we can in place.

Posted by Bret Hanna
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:56 PM EST

Wow. I have to say that I find these comments way over the top. Come on people, a grand conspiracy? Radiation deaths? Porn mongering? Fear, greed and Obamawaste? The government is now a "proxy terrorist." Really? You people are kidding, right?

For those of you who intend to refuse, fine by me - the lines will be shorter for those of us willing to accept reasonable requirements to enhance safety. The same goes for those of you opting for alternative forms of transportation - shorter lines and less congestion at airports and on planes. No human created security system will be foolproof, but I'm all for taking reasonable steps to put the best system we can in place.

Anonymous User
Posted by Kathleen
Sunday, March 14, 2010 7:55 PM EST

WAKE UP BRET! American citizens should not be stip searched in order to take a commerical flight. How much do we give up until we are unrecognizable to ourselves? Our society has changed for the worse in the last 20 years or so. No prayer in school, perpetrators have more rights than their victims, must be poilitcally correct at all times, 10 year old children are now being arrested for simple fat lips at bus stop scuffles, it goes on and it never seems to stop. I personally am going to draw the line at being strip searched in order to take a vacation. go ahead Bret, be a part of the downfall of American values and rights of the innocent. This will not stop terroristm. Because guess what... the muslims will not have to be strip searched..they will claim religious beliefs. They probably won't asked to either. the security people will dread being pulled into court to defend why they randomly chose that mmuslim to be scanned. They will claim racial profiling (which is NOT politically correct), they will sue, and they will win. You need to look at the BIG PICTURE.

Anonymous User
Posted by Sue Wilson
Monday, March 15, 2010 9:24 AM EST

This is the problem.. Americans, like Bret, have swallowed the kool-ade. They're giving away their rights and privacy like lambs going to slaughter.

Enjoy your radiation, Bret.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jared
Thursday, March 25, 2010 3:02 PM EST

Pure and blatant ignorance on Bret's part appealing to the idea of safety rather than fact and upstanding freedom and right to privacy. Very uninformed, ignorant, and just waiting to be spoon-fed some more fat-laden suckle juice.

Bret, why don't we have government screens at every stoplight or street corner to protect us from car bombings? Why don't we have cameras in our homes and in your bathrooms watching to make sure everything you do is legal? Why Bret, why?

Posted by Bret Hanna
Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:47 PM EST

Again, all I can say is "wow." Kathleen, Sue and Jared, how can you live such dark and suspicious lives? Isn't it exhausting to challenge and doubt everything around you in the name of "upstanding freedom and the right to privacy?" Apparently not. There are places for people like you - little isolated, separatist villages populated with people who think just like you - you can build compounds, stockpile weapons, force prayer in school, encourage school yard bullies - simply be crazy like your neighbors - think Waco and the like. You'll have to drive to get there, of course, because your skewed views will preclude you from flying and that's just fine with me.

Anonymous User
Posted by Iain
Sunday, May 02, 2010 2:42 AM EST

Wow Bret, you really have swallowed the whole thing haven't you, you think this whole search thing is to prevent terorrism, well go to any major airport you like, imagine driving past with a machine gun and a couple of RPG's shooting out of a van, how many 747's could you blow up right there on the tarmac, without going anywhere near airport security for a body scan, or concealing liquid bomb making materials in your underwear. The whole security threat is nonsense, now they are starting to do it at bus stations as well, training the sheep to stand in line and be verified by some "official" with a clip-board.

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