Sea-Tac International Airport passengers will soon begin undergoing full-body scans as the federal government installs equipment that will help identify terrorist threats but poses concerns about privacy, health risks and longer waits in security lines.
[…] The scans, which effectively allow agents to see through clothes by scattering low-dose X-rays at a passenger’s front and back, produce a blurry nude image that can be screened for nonmetallic items such as weapons and explosives hidden under clothes.
[…] To quell privacy concerns, TSA is making the screening optional, has agreed not to store the images, and has set up a system so the pictures are viewed by a screener in another location where passengers can’t be seen in person.
“Every passenger has the option to refuse to go through these,” and walk through a metal detector instead, Baird said. Those who do will be subject to a pat-down, a procedure that takes extra time, but one that privacy experts recommend for those who feel uncomfortable.
Well… fuck that!
I, for one, will refuse to allow my daughter through one of those scanners, and will refuse to walk through one myself. I’ll see how intrusive the pat downs turn out to be, but if they are, I guess I’ll just no longer fly out of Sea-Tac. Flying will just have to be a once every several year experience for me, if at all.
I mean, honestly… would you trust TSA to bombard you or a loved one with ionizing radiation? And when some enterprising terrorist responds by boarding a plane with a stick of dynamite up his ass, what’s next? Cavity searches?
This stupid, fucking, pointless security theater has gone too far; we should’ve drawn the line years ago at the no-liquids bullshit, but I’m certainly drawing it at TSA rent-a-cops irradiating my flesh. Not gonna happen. No way. Never.
I’m almost tempted to bring down an airplane myself, just to prove a point.