Travelers Uneasy About Airport Security Device

Posted:11:24PMApr18,2008
LastUpdated:11:24PMApr18,2008
Reporter:TaraHerrschaft
EmailAddress:tara.herrschaft@wctv.tv

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A|A|AIt'sabodyscannerthatcanseethroughclothingtosearchforconcealedweapons.TheTransportationSecurityAdministrationhasreleasedthesemachinesthatyouwalkthrough.Ittakes15secondsanduseslow-energyelectromagneticwavestocreateanimageofthepassenger'sbody.Thetechnicianlookingattheimageisinaseparateareasothepassengerneverseesthem.Andtheimagecannotbestored,soyoursecuritywillbeprotected.

SometravelersIspokewithattheTallahasseeairportdon'tseeanissuewiththisnewtechnology."Somepeoplemaythinkit'sanintrusionoftheirprivacybutIthinkthataslongaswedealwithitresponsiblythatyounowweuseeveryavenuepossibletoprotectagainstanykindofsecuritythreats,"saidSonyaJones,aTallahasseeresident."Ifit'sjustinstantaneouslywhileyourwalkingthroughthemachineI'mnotconcernedwiththatespeciallyifitwouldcutdownonanyotherkindsofthingswehavetodoliketakingourshoesoff,"saidJayBaker,atraveler.

Othertravelersthinkthisdevicegoestoofar."Isortoffeellikeit'sborderingoninvadingmyprivacyinitthatifit'sascanmachinethatcanprettymuchseewhatI'mwearingunderneatheverythingitalmostdefeatsthepurposeofmehavingonouterclothing,"saidVonzelReynolds,aTallahasseeresident."It'salmostlikeasexthing,it'sperverted.Ijust...totally,"saidEugeniaPoole,atraveler.

Andsomesaythedeviceissimplyunnecessary."Ijustthinkyoushouldyouknowbereasonablebutalltheexcessiveyouknowsecurityisreally-Idon'tthinkitmakesmefeelanysafer.Ithinkit'sjustridiculous,"saidAlyssaHumphrey,atraveler.

Asofnowthewholebodyimagemachineisvoluntary,passengerswhosetoffthefirstmetaldetectoranddon'twanttowaitforthepatdownprocedurecanoptforthisone.


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