Saturday, July 17, 2010

Full-Body Scanners Not the Frequent Travelers Favorite Security Measure

Opposition is growing to the use of full-body scanners in airport security screening areas. 
"Opposition to new full-body imaging machines to screen passengers and the government's deployment of them at most major airports is growing.  Many frequent fliers complain they're time-consuming or invade their privacy. The world's airlines say they shouldn't be used for primary security screening. And questions are being raised about possible effects on passengers' health."
Many travelers feel violated once having gone through the scanner. 
"The machines — dubbed by some fliers as virtual strip searches — were installed at many airports in March after a Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has spent more than $80 million for about 500 machines, including 133 now at airports. It plans to install about 1,000 by the end of next year."
Read the rest of the article at "Backlash grows against full-body scanners in airports", USA Today, July 13, 2010.

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