Steve G.

“Excuse me, ma’am, would you prefer that I see you naked, or grope you?”

In Libertarian on June 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm

From Yahoo News:

Security scanners which can see through passengers’ clothing and reveal details of their body underneath are being installed in 10 US airports, the US Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

A random selection of travellers getting ready to board airplanes in Washington, New York’s Kennedy, Los Angeles and other key hubs will be shut in the glass booths while a three-dimensional image is made of their body beneath their clothes.

The booths close around the passenger and emit “millimeter waves” that go through cloth to identify metal, plastics, ceramics, chemical materials and explosives, according to the TSA.

While it allows the security screeners — looking at the images in a separate room — to clearly see the passenger’s sexual organs as well as other details of their bodies, the passenger’s face is blurred, TSA said in a statement on its website.

“People have no idea how graphic the images are,” Barry Steinhardt, director of the technology and liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union, told AFP.

The ACLU said in a statement that passengers expecting privacy underneath their clothing “should not be required to display highly personal details of their bodies such as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter tubes and the size of their breasts or genitals as a pre-requisite to boarding a plane.”

Besides masking their faces, the TSA says on its website, the images made “will not be printed stored or transmitted.”

“Once the transportation security officer has viewed the image and resolved anomalies, the image is erased from the screen permanently. The officer is unable to print, export, store or transmit the image.”

Lara Uselding, a TSA spokeswoman, added that passengers are not obliged to accept the new machines.

“The passengers can choose between the body imaging and the pat-down,” she told AFP.

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Hat tip Stupid Evil Bastard

  1. regarding the statement:

    “Once the transportation security officer has viewed the image and resolved anomalies, the image is erased from the screen permanently. The officer is unable to print, export, store or transmit the image.”

    So, what’s to stop someone from taking a picture of the screen?

  2. Hi, Daniel. Stupid Evil Bastard made that same observation, and I think it’s a good one.

  3. My God, does the ACLU know about gynecologists, urologists and plastic surgeons?

  4. I have no idea. But they are definitely going to want to know all about the pins, screws, plate and Goddess knows what else that exists in my ankles Not that I could ever remove any of it (and believe me, I wish I could) But it’s two embarrassing stories and I don’t want to have to share them with perfect strangers. The fact remains, I have a fair bit of metal down there.

    Thank the Gods Mike loves to drive. (his dad was actually a professional driver and I think Mike inherited the gene. He has over a quarter million miles on his pickup and it’s never been in an accident!)

  5. This is crap and I’ve been bitching about it since HoT. Everything from your period to hood ring will be visible to these fuckers and given what they did recently with another woman’s piercings, I can assure anonymity will never be protected. This has to be stopped early before we’re in some Total Recall situation.

  6. I’ll see if they like my cockring.

  7. It’s going to result in lots of people simply not getting on a plane.

  8. I can see them arbitrarily stopping a woman who has had breast enhancement claiming she is stuffed with C-4 or something.

  9. Yeah, I’m sure they’ll have all sorts of fun with the guy wearing a plastic (yes these exist) chastity belt. Those aren’t removable either unless the key holder is present. (Or for that matter a lady with a CB)

  10. Oh yeah and though that flickered past after I hit send–

    What about religions that forbid people to be naked– such as many Christians and Muslims, and I think at least orthodox and conservative Jews? I think this is going to be very interesting from a First and Fourth Amendment perspective

  11. Or how about those Amish who are against photography that might actually fly somewhere or similar religious beliefs?? Will there be religious exemptions?

    Will they see the “Have a Nice Day, Stupid!” sign under my shirt?

    Let’s just make it easy now and just fly naked. It’s that bad, now.

  12. Oooh, yeah! One vote for Skyclad Air!

  13. Just wait until a suicide bomber implants a bomb inside his/her body and sets it off on a plane.

    Think it’s not going to happen? I wouldn’t be so sure.

    I have no doubt as to the evil ingenuity of mass murderers, and the irrational hysteria and reactionary intent of the government ex-post-facto.

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