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  (Source: Associated Press)
Full-body scanning may be increased after terror attack on U.S. bound flight

With the failed Christmas Day attack fresh on the mind of many Americans, many are calling for increased security in our airports. Security is already increased in the post 9/11 world of air travel, but many Americans still don't feel safe.

Some lawmakers in Congress are calling for increased use of full body scanners that some claim would have detected the non-metallic explosive used by the Nigerian terrorist aboard the Detroit-bound flight on Christmas day. Reuters reports that Dutch authorities have announced that the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam -- where the terrorist boarded the flight bound for America -- will be using full body scanners within three weeks.

In America, President Obama could decree that the deployment of similar scanners in airports around the country be installed. At this point, only 19 airports around the country are using the full-body scanners and the use of the scanners is optional by the traveler. They can opt for pat down instead of using the full-body scanner.

No legislation from Congress is needed for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to deploy full-body scanners into the remainder of the 560 airports around the country that have scheduled airline service. Reuters reports that the terrorist attacks coupled with the call for increased security and additional full-body scanners in our airports is boosting the stock of some companies that build the scanners and related technology.

Whether or not passengers will be forced to go through the full-body scanners remains to be seen. That decision is not up to the TSA. TSA spokesman Greg Soule said, "That [mandatory full-body scanner use] would be a DHS decision. Clearly we would work with DHS, the White House and our congressional partners on security decisions."

Legislation limiting full-body scanning to secondary searches has passed the House of Representatives but has not passed the Senate. The ACLU says that it does not trust the safeguards in place to protect the privacy of passengers subjected to full-body scanning. The ACLU believes that unaltered images showing the shape of a person's body and genitals would still exist.

One ACLU privacy expert said, "If a celebrity goes through a scanner that kind of image could end up on the Internet."

The full body scanners blur the face and genitals of the person in the scanner and only the operator can see the images. The benefit for passengers to using the scanner opposed to a pat down is that the scanner takes 15 to 30 seconds while the pat down takes 3 to 4 minutes.

Chris Calabrese, an attorney with the ACLU, said in May 2009 when talking about using the scanner or a pat down, "A choice between being groped and being stripped, I don't think we should pretend those are the only choices. People shouldn't be humiliated by their government."

There is much research being put into developing better scanners today. Researchers at MIT have developed technology for a new breed of airport scanners that can tell the difference between items in luggage. The new scanner could for instance tell if a pill bottle holds over the counter pain medications or methamphetamines.

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RE: No Way
By callmeroy on 12/31/2009 11:15:48 AM , Rating: 0
I do have the PC world we live in -- so i agree with you there.

but on this SPECIFIC issue.....there's no problem that I can see other than it creating more time to actually get to your flight.

I'm 30 pounds over weight and counting....if someone wants to look intently at the outlines of my fat ass, so be it...

The first people to get upset over this I think are those that are extremely /ultra insecure about their own body to be honest.

My way about that stuff -- just be honest first to yourself and then to others....when I'm in shape I have no problem saying "hey I don't look that bad" to myself....well when I'm not so in-shape I'll admit to myself and others face to face "yep I'm turning into a fat ass and need to start taking better care of myself".

RE: No Way
By callmeroy on 12/31/2009 11:16:59 AM , Rating: 2
lol and now that I think about it if its an xray they'll just seen your bones....(and if you are packing weapons of course)....really if you have nothing to hide...why worry?

RE: No Way
By thurston on 1/1/2010 12:56:55 PM , Rating: 1
really if you have nothing to hide...why worry

So you have no problem with the police stopping by and searching you home on a weekly basis. I'll tell you why to worry, because this little thing we have called the Constitution that protects us from being searched unless there is a very good reason. I am so sick of people shitting on the Constitution just to FEEL safe. If we destroy the Constitution in the name of fighting terrorism then the terrorists win.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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