Negrin, 44, had a pretty good life including a steady job with the
Transportation Security Administration. However, when he
stepped into a full body scanner during a training session and it
revealed him to have rather
small genitalia, he quickly became the butt of his supervisor's
jokes.Filled with rage at the insults to his manhood, Negrin
confronted his boss in the airport parking lot, armed with a police
baton. He struck the man on the arm and back. A police
report describes, "[Negrin] then told victim to kneel down and
say 'your sorry'. Victim stated he was in fear and complied
with [Negrin]."Surprisingly, Negrin made no attempt to
flee following the attack. He showed up at work the next day,
acting as if nothing had happened. He was promptly arrested.
He was booked into the Miami-Dade jail. He was wearing his blue
TSA shirt at the time of his arrest.The incident raises
serious questions about the full body scanners that the Obama
administrationis looking to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer
money to roll out at airports across the country.Homeland
Security and TSA officials, as well as the scanner manufacturers have
previously claimed that the scanners blur private parts. The
incident clearly indicates that if these capabilities are present,
they aren't on in at least some of the scanners -- a serious privacy
concern.Beyond the privacy concerns, there's also concern
over the efficacy of the new scanners. British experts say that
the scanners are virtually
useless at detecting low density substances like chemical
powders or liquids, and would be unlikely to detect plastic
weapons.Despite these concerns the U.S. and British
governments are charging ahead with plans to roll out the
controversial devices. It looks likely that the U.S. may soon
implement a no-scan-no-fly
policy, much like Britain.
quote: You need to ask yourself what sort of person can sit at a scanner for hours on end, looking at people passing through it. What sort of people can deal with a constant stream of annoyed and irritated citizens all day long, asking the same questions and giving the same instructions over and over again, day after day, year after year.
quote: So on second thought, no you didn't have "that sort of job".
quote: it makes all the difference in the world whether someone is looking forward to a better day or looking forward to nothing more than growing older.
quote: It doesn't justify their actions but those actions can be understood if you pause and consider that no, everybody doesn't have the "same" situation.