I believe I went through one of these the last time I left the U.S.. Damn, my sexy figure is now on file?! Yuck!!!
So, other than being treated like potential terrorist, visitors or Americans themselves are subjected to the high-tech body search in the most gross way possible, if I read some of the reviews here right. I suppose I can't complain since those Constitutional rights don't apply to foreigners, do they? Since I'm not Americans, there are no ways for me to argue or fight for freedom on another's soil.
What then is the best recourse? Well, don't visit the country! Unfortunately, that's what it's been coming to. Other than subjecting oneself to these Peeping Tom, one is at times being subjected to other demeaning kinds of glares. Yep, I've been through it when I returned to Houston from Ecuador. That was one of the rare times I vowed not to even transit in the U.S.! As for my sister, she has totally refused to go to the U.S. ever since immigration subject foreigners to finger printing! Now that I think about it and have gotten enough of my travel bugs, I tend to agree. Why do we subject ourselves to such unpleasant procedures when we are going to the country to spend money?
In the real sense of the matter, airport security body scanners may be intrusive, but wait till you are being questioned for more than an hour in a room which they segregate visitors into. I haven't gone through those, thank God! But my friend had. And she was only in the U.S. to visit her fiance!
Anyhow, the root of all these problems doesn't lie in the security system in place, I believe. It lies in a government (past and present) that has failed in it's foreign policies, thereby creating tons of enemies in the process. Sad to say that is the case for a country as great as America, but that's the truth as far as I'm concerned. If one goes into another's territories waging war often enough, you can't expect others (no matter how weak they are) to sit still and not retaliate. That's human nature. And in this regard, the U.S. has failed to understand human nature. Worse, it has probably failed to take into account that even as mighty as the elephant is, the mouse has a way to get into its system and brings it down!
I do believe that when humans take lives, no matter how justified the reasons are, eventually it'll return to haunt. Of course, it is counter productive to say that no lives should be taken, there are afterall lots of bad guys in this world. We choose to call them terrorists. Yet, in the process of safeguarding the ordinary citizens, it is my opinion that many governments have themselves been "terrorizing" its citizens in the name of protection and safety. It is then up to individuals to weigh the effects of these methods and to choose their personal course of action. Those in power has the tendency to overstretch what they can and cannot do until the day each individual stands up and says NO! Until then, too bad if you've to travel on the plane. That's the way it is! The authority's stand has always been, take it or leave it!
If the pornographic image I've added to this subject in Lunch offends you (and it should since this is supposed to be a safe-for-work site!), then surely the fact that these images are being collected from US Citizens who have committed no crime should OUTRAGE you. At the risk of ending up on the no-fly list for speaking out about this gross abuse of our Constitutional rights, let's just take a moment to consider what on earth is going on here and why this is such as unbelievable step. … more
I am an IT consultant, not a lawyer. If you wish to follow my protest ideas, you may wish to seek legal advice first. This is not legal advice. These scanners are unbelievably bad ideas. They make very little sense unless you believe the manufacturer hype and expect security to be packaged in a big box, which those of us in related fields know is never the case, and that our Constitutional rights are waived when we travel, which the Supreme Court has repeatedly … more
This was a bad idea, costing a lot of money and doesn't really make me feel any safer when flying. It probably causes health risks to frequent travelers or those who work in the airport shops. I myself don't mind submitting to them but I am probably in the minority.
The full-body scanner is a device that creates an image of a person's nude body through their clothing to look for hidden objects without physically removing their clothes or making physical contact. They are increasingly being deployed at airports and train stations in many countries.
One technology used under the name "full-body scanner" is the millimeter wave scanner, in which extremely high frequency radio waves are reflected off the body to make an image on which one can see some types of objects hidden under the clothes. Another technology in use is the backscatter X-ray.
Two advantages of full-body scanners over a physical strip search are that it is quicker (takes only 15 seconds) and that people do not have to be touched in a manner that some might consider offensive. A disadvantage is that the scanners are being used to perform routine, virtual strip searches without probable cause which opponents claim are illegal and violate basic human rights. Furthermore, the true long term health effects of these technologies are unknown.