Full-Body Scanners – Naked, But Safe

Since 2010 there has been a lot of talk about full-body scanners being used in airports. Has security gone to far? Is this technology too revealing? The answer might surprise you, because although many people are really enjoying making a fuss about privacy and morals with this magical way to see underneath your clothes, the resulting images resemble something more morbid than sexual.

Example pictures:

I think the result photos that a full-body scanner puts out are not sexual, but very effective for security measures. Lets face it, going through airport security is not a who’s hotter naked contest; it’s a who’s carrying the most dangerous items contest. As far as I know in UK there is a limit to 18 and above for these scans. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same here.

How do you feel about full-body scan privacy? Would you gladly get virtually naked for a machine, or would you rather keep your private parts private?

  • In case you guys were wondering, here is a list of all the airports that currently use full-body scanners:
    · Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)
    · Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL)
    · Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)
    · Boise Airport (BOI)
    · Boston-Logan International (BOS)
    · Bradley International Airport (BDL)
    · Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport (BRO)
    · Buffalo-Niagara International (BUF)
    · Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
    · Chicago-O’Hare Airport (ORD)
    · Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
    · Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
    · Columbus International Airport (CMH)
    · Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP)
    · Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport (DFW)
    · Denver International Airport (DEN)
    · Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW)
    · El Paso International Airport (ELP)
    · Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
    · Fresno-Yosemite Airport (FAT)
    · Gulfport-Biloxi Airport (GPT)
    · Grand Rapids-Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR)
    · Harrisburg International Airport (HIA)
    · Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
    · Houston-George Bush International (IAH)
    · Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
    · Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
    · Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
    · Laredo International Airport (LRD)
    · Las Vegas-McCarran Airport (LAS)
    · Lihue Airport (LIH)
    · Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    · McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE)
    · Memphis International Airport (MEM)
    · Miami International Airport (MIA)
    · Milwaukee Mitchell Airport (MKE)
    · Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP)
    · Nashville International AIrport (BNA)
    · New York – JFK International Airport (JFK)
    · New York – LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
    · Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR)
    · New Orleans-Louis Armstrong International (MSY)
    · Oakland International Airport (OAK)
    · Omaha-Eppley Field (OMA)
    · Orlando International Airport (MCO)
    · Palm Beach International (PBI)
    · Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
    · Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
    · Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
    · Providence-T.F. Green International (PVD)
    · Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
    · Richmond International Airport (RIC)
    · Rio Grande Valley-Harlington Airport (HRL)
    · Rochester International Airport (RST)
    · Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
    · San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
    · San Diego International Airport (SAN)
    · San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    · San Jose-Mineta International Airport (SJC)
    · San Juan- Luis Munoz Marin International (SJU)
    · Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
    · Spokane International Airport (GEG)
    · St. Louis-Lambert International (STL)
    · Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    · Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
    · Valley International Airport (HRL)
    · Washington DC’s Dulles Airport (IAD)
    · Washington DC’s Reagan Airport (DCA)
  • You will find full-body scanners at the following international airports:
    · Amsterdam-Schipol Airport (AMS)
    · Gimhae/Busan International (PUS)
    · Gimpo/Seoul International (GMP)
    · Jeju International (CJU)
    · Lagos-Murtala Muhammad International (LOS)
    · London-Heathrow (LHR)
    · Manchester Airport (MAN)
    · Milan-Malpensa International Airport (MXP) **No longer in use
    · Moscow-Sheremetyevo International (SVO)
    · Palermo International Airport (PMO) **No longer in use
    · Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
    · Regina International Airport (YQR)
    · Rome-Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (FCO) **No longer in use
    · Toronto Pearson International (YYZ)
    · Tokyo-Narita International (NRT) *Trial period
    · Vancouver International (YVR)

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2010/11/15/165132/48/travel/An+Updated+List+of+the+80%2B+Airports+with+Full-Body+Scanners

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12 thoughts on “Full-Body Scanners – Naked, But Safe

  1. I believe the TSA is updating the software is some of their scanners to show a generic male or female shape. It not only protects the privacy of travelers, it also increases efficiency because the operator does not need to be in a seperate room.

    • That would ease many people, myself included. I don’t trust anyone, much less one I can’t see. I also don’t trust airports to hire “professionals”, as labor is a competitive market. I like the idea of dealing with interpersonal matters in a technical way like this where as little screw up as possible is left to the operator. In fact I think this can even be improved upon by not even having a person monitor it. There has to be an algorithm to detect potential weapons even better than a human eye can…

      • Using algorithms to detect potential weapons is coming soon. I remember reading in science world that in future scanners, computer algorithms will interpret the data and flag only hidden objects rather than show an image of the person. I highly doubt though that it will ever beat the human eye anytime soon.

  2. I would feel uncomfortable going through that thing because it’s almost like you’re stripping down completely for someone. But, if I could keep my shoes, belt, jacket, and hat on while going through it, then I would go through it just for convenience. I’m sure they would make the screen only viewable by trained professionals with manners because I wouldn’t want to walk through and have someone laugh while looking at the photos. I totally agree with you though. “its not a who’s hotter naked contest; it’s a who’s carrying the most dangerous items contest.”

  3. I understand the security reassurance this technology provides, but the TSA has serious issues with their own security, leaking photos, having false statements about their technology.

    Seems like a PR nightmare.

  4. For the sake of security I think it isn’t a bad idea, however, I can also see where people are coming from having a problem with essentially being completely stripped down and looked at, despite it being a virtual strip down. More over if they were to implement this for of security and only allow it to be done on people who are older than 18 years of age who is to say that criminals won’t try to conceal something on the person of a child or the criminal himself is of young age.

    • I also believe its worth it for security. I think think based on the pictures above the images aren’t extremely revealing, and i think its worth it to assure the safety of all the passengers.

  5. This is completely true. The only person that sees the scans anyways is a security professional, not the entire airport. So, in my opinion, people need to just suck it up and let what needs to be done get done so that we can keep our airports and planes as safe as possible.

  6. I think that’s a great idea. Everyone on the plane could be scanned instead of just random every X many people being checked.

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