Airports Use of Full Body Scanners

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Airports Use of Full Body Scanners Since September 11th 2001 airport security has changed the way security is handled, and rightfully so. The safety of American lives should be a priory in our country. Some ways airports have increased security are Specific ID required; ID name must match name on ticket, shoes must be removed at checkpoints, all baggage, carryon and checked, must be screened, no liquids (above 3.4 ounces) allowed through checkpoints, special items must be pulled from luggage (laptops), jackets, outwear must be removed, body scan machine screening, enhanced pat-downs, no more non-ticketed visitors allowed at airline gates (Seany, 2011), but the most controversial of these are the newly placed full body scan machines. Questions of privacy and ethics are the number one concern among customers. While these machines are extremely effective and bring a new perspective to security, have we gone too far? The new full body scanners are designed to take a fully body 3-D scan of passengers passing through security. By using this method of security the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can eliminate the suspicion of passengers carrying illegal items not detected by regular metal detectors. TSA reports that the scanners are the equivalent physical invasive strip searches. Body scanners produce detailed, three-dimensional images of individuals. Security experts have described whole body scanners as the equivalent of "a physically invasive strip-search." (, 2010) There are many pros to having fully body scanners in every airport. Prevention of terrorism is the number one reason for wanting to use these machines. Some pros that surround having these measures in place are; they can detect any and all illegal and potentially dangerous contraband terrorists would use to take control of an aircraft, they prevent terrorists from concealing weapons

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