June 26, 2003

This is Too Much

Take a look at this photo:


(courtesy of Yahoo) and read this article and tell me whether you think this just might be going a bit too far???!! I do.

Via Silflay Hraka who poses this astute question:

More importantly, given that the machines are used to detect plastic, how long before people start using plastic tape to leave messages to the screeners on their torso?
Thinking about this some more, the backscatter image is a pretty good depiction of Susan Hallowell, director of the Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory (image from above linked CNN article):


Update (5/23/07): Fixed link to the images; made them embedded instead of popups and and modified the text slightly to reflect this. Also note that the CNN link is broken. Here is a link to an alternate story CBS from the same time.

Posted by Steve on June 26, 2003

Doesn't bug me at all. Looks more like some mannequin that has not been painted more than anything else. Hell, all adults know what both genders have under their clothes. I could care less about it. Well, unless they decided to laugh at the size of my penis or something. ;)

Posted by Tiger at June 26, 2003 5:56 PM

Obviously, privacy (or invasion of) is a very important issue. Another issue is this. You are walking into a x-ray machine. How long do you have to stay in there? How much radiation! ! !
do you receive before, during and after you deal with this machine?? This is a VERY important issue that NO ONE seems to want to bring up or answer honestly......

Posted by Tara at June 27, 2003 1:38 PM

I could see a whole new wave of x-ray "porn" websites made by security staffers and cell cams.

Posted by x at June 28, 2003 5:48 PM

Yep, gives a whole new dimension to peepshows. Perhaps this could replace taxes as a source of govm't revenue.

Posted by Steve at June 29, 2003 12:02 AM

Yup, i do agree its being too overboard... If they do this, then wats the differents with those people scanning in the airport and those perverts shoots at us with x-ray cameras? In fact, this airport thing looks even more nude than the x ray cameras

Posted by lion83 at September 26, 2003 1:41 AM

Please remember 9-11. Our country is threatened now more than ever. Plastic guns, plastic explosives, and sharp plastic anything that could debilitate, a flight attendent or pilot is a weapon of mass distruction now! Take your pick . . . Strip searce or x-ray. The pictures I saw was not near as revealing as a strip search. Talk about invasion of privacy. Remember the lady that was made to bare her breast to agents in public airport. Ludicrous! Better not happen to me or my wife, or they will wish they had invested in an x-ray machine.

Posted by R.D.B. at January 12, 2005 6:03 AM
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