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Take a good look
November 24, 2010 - Mike Hughes
That's pretty much my whole feelings on the whole body scanner, airport pat-down ordeal.
If they feel the need to have me walk through the scanner, that's fine, I don't care. If some TSA lackey -- don't get me wrong, some do a fine job -- gets a good laugh looking at my "nekkid" outline, no big deal. I won't be offended.
If he attempts to copy and in turn peddle said picture, more power to him. That would be one impressive sales job.
And I'm not going to complain about what dosages of radiation may or may not be shot through my body during the scan. Could it be harmful? Possibly, but what isn't. Not like I have room to gripe. All I have to do is take a look at the quality of food I put in my body, the infrequent beer or two after work, a nicotine habit, etc., to realize that I shouldn't be harping on what harmful effects the scanner will have on my well being. Because obviously, I'm not taking care of things on my end.
And I'm not alone in that regard either.
HOWEVER, and I can't stress this enough, HOWEVER, I don't hold the same opinion when it comes to my daughter.
We more than likely will be boarding a plane this summer to head West and I have numerous trips in the upcoming years already in the planning stages for the two of us.
There is no way ... no way that I'm going to stand by while some TSA screener puts his or her hands on my kid. Nor will I subject her to a full-body scanner. They say the images are deleted immediately, but a quick scan of the internet will prove that is not always the case.
And yes, the people getting scanned have no visible contact with the person doing the screening. That's a good thing. But then again, who's to say its not some sicko who signed up for this kind of work specifically for this reason. A bit of a stretch? Maybe. But it's possible. And it's a chance I'm not about to take.
Look, my kid is not a terrorist. And if you feel the need to put your hands on her to prove this, I'm going to feel a strong need to put fist to face to prove just how wrong you are. And I have no problem doing it either.
The sad part is, the majority of TSA agents who come to work everyday and work hard and perform their duties are likely just as upset about these regulations as the general flying public. I seriously doubt they signed up to have to grope hundreds of people who stare at practically naked outlines of passengers through the scanners all day.
Because let's face it. Not everyone that walks into that scanner is going to have the body of a swimsuit model, or Brad Pitt for you ladies. It's not a job I would want.
There's got to be a happy medium somewhere, but until it's found, airport security and passengers are going to be at odds over this matter. And like I said, I draw the line at my daughter. If that's what it takes for us to be able to board a plane, then I'll just drive.
Florida isn't that far. I've done it before.
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