March 27, 2010

TSA agent brings downside of body scanner to surface

In what may be heralded as the very reason why major human rights and religious groups have contested the use of the body scanners in airport security checkpoints, an airport security guard in London made an indecent remark about a woman traveler who accidentally walked through the scanner. The guard made an outlandish and sexually harassing remark, leaving the woman feeling “traumatized” and confirming people’s fears about the potential for misuse the machines pose.

The security guard was issued a warning and the question now remains how the increased use of these machines in airports around the world may violate the privacy and dignity of air travelers.

The machines are supposed to be used for walk-through screening purposes only, but they are designed to have storage and sending capabilities, increasing further the risk of violation.

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4 Comments on “TSA agent brings downside of body scanner to surface”

  • Posted by Thomas K on March 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    In my opinion, considering the fact that terrorists are becoming more and more cunning, there are certain “rights to privacy” that the general public needs to sacrifice if they expect us to transport them SAFELY. If one of these body scanners prevents an act of terrorism, it is well worth that sacrifice.

  • Posted by Bryan on March 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    The woman was an “airport security guard” and not a traveler.

  • Posted by James on March 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Security guard or traveler, what diffenece does it make. The comments and the potential for misuse by some is always there. If they were not able to store the images might be better served.

  • Posted by TimJFK on March 30, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Surely this is a fake article. The professionals at the TSA are above reproach!

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