Are full-body scanners on the way?

Are full-body scanners on the way?

There are 32 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 31, 2009, titled Are full-body scanners on the way?. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Transportation Security Administration program analyst and instructor Sherrie Soto, left, stands in the "millimeter wave" unit as TSA security officers learn how to instruct airline passengers through the screening process at Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City.

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Since: Dec 09

Westford, MA

#1 Dec 31, 2009
There was a short-term excuse for excessive measures when there was some further risk of airplanes' being used as weapons. But the retarded ban on small, sharp items; the nationalization of airport security; and the refusal to apply intelligent techniques to passenger screening make it clear that the TSA isn't about even passenger security. What is being woven is a web that will make it possible for a small number of people to control a very large number of people, whether they have drunk the Kool-Aid or not, without mass cooperation.

If Al-Qa`ida rodents were interested in killing people rather than in killing a smaller number spectacularly, there is no shortage of ways they could do that. Are we going to install full-body scanners, or substitute full patdowns, at sporting events, high-school proms, or political conventions, for example?

You have to wonder if the recent intelligence failure that is a pretext for installing those expensive scan machines is a relict of the infamous "wall" between domestic and foreign intelligence that was erected by the Clintons and that was "investigated" officially by, among few others, the political operative who set it up.
Bail Off

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Dec 31, 2009
Live with it.

You wackos all cry about security, security, security, but don't want to give up any freedoms.

Take it or leave it.
Tony K

Tewksbury, MA

#3 Dec 31, 2009
You can cover up your guts, but when you cover up your nuts, you're admitting that there must be something wrong.
Al Bundy rgd

New Baltimore, MI

#4 Dec 31, 2009
they're going to need a hanger just for the scanner for Peg's mother.
tree

Ayer, MA

#5 Jan 1, 2010
No Scanners, it is time to start PROFILING!!!!!
Hop

United States

#6 Jan 1, 2010
I want a rectal exam.

I love those.
Terminator 2

United States

#7 Jan 2, 2010
Full body scanner... Nice...I don't mind working as a security guard checkin the xrays.
But if a fat girl walk through it, forget it... I'll quit. I don't wanna see no extra large thongs.
Plo

United States

#8 Jan 2, 2010
Scan away.

They can look at my schlong and ball sack all day if they want.

Since: Dec 09

Westford, MA

#9 Jan 2, 2010
Yeah, those Founding Fathers were such a bunch of wackos, far too well educated to see any problem with giving up a little freedom now and then and yet again, in exchange for the illusion of security. A good little citizen, having enough unsullied common sense to always surrender freedom for the good of the many, never has to worry about freedom because, as Orwell so delightfully put it, freedom is slavery.

I thought that rectal exams were the IRS's bailiwick. How about we arm them and the TSA, and let them fight it out?
Plo

United States

#10 Jan 2, 2010
I prefer a generic lubricant over K-Y.

Do you think the TSA will take exception to that?
Susan Valen

Rockford, IL

#11 Jan 8, 2010
Better a full body scan than be blown up in an airport.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#12 Jan 8, 2010
They don't mind full body scans in Salt Lake City. The Mormon magic underwear undoubtedly protects against immodest snooping by the government.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#13 Jan 8, 2010
Plo wrote:
Scan away.
They can look at my schlong and ball sack all day if they want.
I didn't know the scanners had magnifying capability.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#14 Jan 8, 2010
Bail Off wrote:
Live with it.
You wackos all cry about security, security, security, but don't want to give up any freedoms.
Take it or leave it.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Sick of it

Wallingford, CT

#15 Jan 8, 2010
I'm all for them,if it ensures us that the person sitting next to us on the plane doesn't have plastic explosives stuffed up where the sun don't shine. BUT, have they done any testing to what these things may or may not do to pregnant woman.
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#16 Jan 8, 2010
If a jihadi blows up his own crotch with exploding underwear, doesn't that mean 72 really disappointed virgins await him in paradise?
Blo

United States

#17 Jan 8, 2010
Yes indeed. The scanner can magnify to extremes. With my small penis and big head, it will be quite enjoyable to see it as it should be on screen.

Do you think I can get a print out?
Lil

Granby, CT

#18 Jan 9, 2010
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
He wasn't talking about airline safety.
kol

United States

#19 Jan 9, 2010
Lil wrote:
<quoted text>He wasn't talking about airline safety.
Whaaaa. Another cry baby.

You want it, you deal with it.

Thanks for screwing up the program for everyone else.
Lil

Granby, CT

#21 Jan 9, 2010
kol wrote:
<quoted text>Whaaaa. Another cry baby.
You want it, you deal with it.
Thanks for screwing up the program for everyone else.
Huh??? Yes, I want airline safety. Of course!! Ben Franklin would as well.

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