Baring your all for BWI security

Baring your all for BWI security

There are 27 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Apr 29, 2008, titled Baring your all for BWI security. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The bad news: You still have to take off your shoes. The worse news: You're exposing more than that hole in your sock.

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Baltimore, MD

#1 Apr 29, 2008
"low-frequency radio waves", just what frequency are we talking about? AM radio is low frequency but to my knowledge no one has been able to use it for imaging. Then there is VLF or very low frequency. These terms have meaning with regard to the electromatic frequency spectrum.
Paul Tupelo

Towson, MD

#2 Apr 29, 2008
Really? you're complaining about something that will alert security personel right then and there if someone has a plastic exsplosive device to their chest. If this wasn't used and something happend, the media would be the first to be up in arms about it. Yea i'd be a little uncomfortable but i'll feel a hell of a lot safer too.

Burtonsville, MD

#3 Apr 29, 2008
When will we know that the government is really doing its job of providing security? When we don't have to go through any of this nonsense at all, as travelers didn't have to do for decades.
Safety - Remember 911

United States

#4 Apr 29, 2008
To: Jean Marbella
You must be kidding! Your article reference BWI Security nearly made me ill. Are you for real! Security measures have been raised tremendously in the recent past years due to the many, many, innocent victims whom have been killed due to bloody actions of terrorists. Security is what it is and we must learn to live with it in todays society. Peace is not cheap and NEVER guaranteed. Just take a walk sometimes in a veterans cemetary and say "thanks" for your service to your country, even airport screeners!

Baltimore, MD

#5 Apr 29, 2008
You do realize that a TSA agent (in many cases, a man) is looking at an image of your naked body, your wife's naked body, your child's naked body. This whole thing is creepy.
You people really are OK with this? As long as it keeps people safe? Are you really willing to give up so much of your personal freedom for the illusion of safety?

Baltimore, MD

#6 Apr 29, 2008
If it can see through everything, then why do we still have to take off our shoes?

Baltimore, MD

#7 Apr 29, 2008
And what is to prevent the TSA employee from taking a picture or video of the screen with their cellphone or other device? Of course people will have no recourse when that happens because you can't dare question or complain about the TSA.

Baltimore, MD

#8 Apr 29, 2008
Enough is enough I feel like i am a crimainal everytime I ise the airplanes. Do tehy want us to use them or find another service? Someone make a better system.
Fed Hill

Baltimore, MD

#9 Apr 29, 2008
No one seems to care as they have been eroding the constitution the past 7 years, but airport security seeing you quasi-naked (which you can refuse) warrants an uproar? We should welcome this technology when we have a system that catches 100% of water bottles but missed 88 explosive devices in a test last fall.

Banning, CA

#10 Apr 29, 2008
Soon we will all have to wear the TSA paper clothes, you go to security, put all of your items, including your clothes into a large zipped lockec bag and you get it back when you land.
And all of this is managed by someone with a high school diploma who may speak english and is making $11.80 to $17.70 per hour!
And this is safe!

Englewood, CO

#11 Apr 29, 2008
I have to say that this is, to me anyway, very invading of my privacy - whether or not my face is hidden or not. I think this should be done away with. Next thing you know, they'll be chipping us all like they do dogs at the pound! Its over the top and I am completely against this!

Rosedale, MD

#12 Apr 29, 2008
Another good/bad issue. Sure, everyone is for more security; not just on airplanes, it's just a sign of the times we live in. I don't think anyone no matter how busy or self-important they perceive themselves to be want to be blown up or smashed into a building. So, that's the state of things now. I am, however, concerned about misuses of this imaging. Don't think for one moment in a year or two there will be 'incidents' involving this system. Furthermore, what kind of person wants to sit there all day looking at full-body images? Take a look at the people around you, how many of them would you be interested in looking at in this fashion? Also what are the provisions for people having heart pacemakers, defribs, surgeries that have implanted metal screws, spinal rods, etc. Again, willing to bet that this tech will be misused; just give 'em time.

Englewood, CO

#13 Apr 29, 2008
One more thing. I really don't like the idea of radio wave being subjected to my body over and over again. What if you are frequent flyer? Will that do damage to the person over time? Have they studied the effects of these waves to the possibility of someone who is a frequent flyer? I vote our government does a better job of securing our borders. Put the money into that instead of this type of thing. Imagine the person being a man on the other side of this thing looking at your wife or your young teenage daughter. REALLY image this and then how do you feel about this ridiculous process! It is an outrage!

United States

#14 Apr 29, 2008
OMG. Disgusting. Stupid. Useless.

Baltimore, MD

#15 Apr 29, 2008
More BS from Chertoff (Director of Homeland Security). I just want to know why our Director is an Israeli citizen.

do any of you see a problem with this?

Baltimore, MD

#16 Apr 29, 2008
Thank God! No more nefarious cretins with plastic explosives strapped to their chests slipping past security!

Baltimore, MD

#17 Apr 29, 2008
This is why I don't fly any more. The idiots in Washington scare me more than the idiots trying to kill me.

Pikesville, MD

#18 Apr 29, 2008
To the people who see the obvious problem with the roll out and expansion of this technology Never stop speaking against it and what will inevitably come afterwards.

There is nothing we can do about those of the like who commented here 'We should thank the Government for protecting us from terrorist" -- they have already resigned themselves to being juvenile sheep that will eat up whatever they are fed.

But for those who see the problem but are not yet ready yet to speak up, remind them they are not alone.

We are human beings and should not give away our dignity so easily.
In Maryland

Washington, DC

#19 Apr 29, 2008
I'm going to ask for the pat down.

Baltimore, MD

#20 Apr 30, 2008
Fed Hill wrote:
No one seems to care as they have been eroding the constitution the past 7 years, but airport security seeing you quasi-naked (which you can refuse) warrants an uproar? We should welcome this technology when we have a system that catches 100% of water bottles but missed 88 explosive devices in a test last fall.
And apparently didn't miss any real ones aimed at knocking planes out of the sky. Do you baah in line with the rest of the sheep?

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