47 thoughts on “What do you think of the new, airport security full-body X-ray machines?

  1. E Clark

    I would like to know if there is any more harm from the full body x-ray machine to those who have hip and knee replacements, as appose to those who do not?

  2. common sense

    You folks who are for this are LEMMINGS!!! If you want to stop terrorists you target terrorists. You spend time looking for terrorists. Does Israel, with some of the best terrorist detection protocols on the planet, do patdowns on every person boarding a plane? Do they make you remove your shoes? NO. They target and track the terrorists.

    With the man power wasted at TSA check points around our Country, we could catch every terrorist coming into the Country and living here.

    Wise up folks.

  3. James Reilly

    I have been through these type scanners, and think it is relatively non-intrusive, and can certainly provide the extra security that is needed in this day and age. Though I have no problem with TSA personnel examining a nude-ish image of my body, I do feel that federal law should require that the images be completely deleted immediately upon clear passage, and that there should be stiff penalties (including significant prison time) for saving, copying, distribution or publishing any of the scanners’ imagery that was not part of a security breech prosecution. Because you know the day is coming when some celebrity’s scanner image ends up in a tabloid or on the internet.

  4. Joan

    Not only is it another infringement on our personal freedom, which probably will not work, but it is forcing us to submit to x-ray exposure each time we travel. Why don’t I hear more about that? While they claim it is small, for frequent travelers, this will add up.

  5. Fred Stern

    What ever it takes to help prevent a possible disaster. The fact that none of these pictures are saved or displayed is the correct way to let people feel at ease. We also need more undercover personnel roaming among potential passengers listening, watching, and taking to them. And yes profiling to try to weed out potential trouble. EL AL does this and it seams to work.

  6. Mary Montgomery

    Went through the scanner in Denver due to hip replacement, and it was a lot quicker than the frisking, but it still kind of creeped me out, knowing that someone was looking at all the flaws I had so painstakingly tried to cover! My mom always said to be sure to wear your good underwear in case you end up in the emergency room…she was way ahead of her time on that one!

  7. Paula Gjerstad

    I have no problem with this technology, but I do fear that we will rely too much on technology to save us. Blind use of tools without logic and wisdom in the picture will just leave a loophole for our enemies to slip through. Who would have thought of shoe heels before? Or underpants? Or in the past, plastique in the checked baggage? We’ll never be able to provide blocks for every single mathematical possibility of terrorist techniques.

  8. Linda Schaefers

    I’d rather be scanned than patted down.

  9. Russ Minton

    I have absolutely no issue with use of the body scanners if they really will enhance security. What I really want to know is when are we going to get away from the “political correctness” bullshit and really start looking closely at the characters who have already been identified as causing the problems. Continuing to be “PC” will eventually kill more of us.

  10. Suzanne Frew-Harris

    If it keeps us safer, than I’m all for it. I personally feel that in order to be safer we have to start profiling. I don’t care if its politically correct or not. We have to have agents on the ground to read body language and facial expressions, use intelligence and pull certain people who fit the profile aside and question them, find out what they might be carrying, why and where they are traveling to and from, etc. We have to start being smarter than them and stop worrying if we are hurting someone’s feelings.

  11. Jim Whitman

    The same government that is trying to protect my safety while I am flying on commercial aircraft, also says, “There is no safe dose of ionizing radiation.”

    I think I would be better protected if the United States did not make so many enemies.

  12. Don Bryden

    It is a good idea. Safety first! Also, if they let those in line see the pictures of those they will be flying with, it would bring back old fashion courtesy where the men allow the ladies to go first.

  13. Ed Cloos

    I think it is a great idea that would detect virtually anything a person might hide. Hadn’t thought about replacement knees and hips but it would be helpful there. Beats hands-on patting down which is less effective anyway.

  14. Anne

    Great! Until something better comes along, I’m all for it.

  15. Paul Bopko

    fine with me. I will make sure I am wearing underwear.

  16. Jerry

    It should have been daone back in 2001

  17. Patrick Milligan

    This discussion misses the whole point. “Sniffer” machines were ignored because they clog too easily. I believe that with a little bit of re-engineering, that problem will go away and we’ll have a machine that no one will object to. And it will sense explosives of any kind. Body scanners will miss a lot.

  18. dobdick

    I have no problem with it. The modesty factor is nonsense. The more specific they can be the better.

  19. JayDP

    In this day and age, we have to be in favor of new technologies that will make us safer in our travels. Problem with these body scanners is that it will only detect what is under the clothing and over the skin/body. We need better technology than this, i.e. detectors of body cavities (future hiding places?) that may be used next by these crazies. We need to be smarter and stay ahead of these “killing machines.”

  20. Jud Bireley

    Do It!!! If it make us more secure, I’m for it

  21. Patrick Roache

    Absolutely in favor of it. False modesty is nonsense. I just feel sorry for the unfortunate people who have to look at the scans all day – what a lousy job. We should also use profiling; common sense should prevail.

  22. nancy

    I think they are great for those of us with artificial joints, but I do not think they are sufficient for “security” … That requires one=on-one interviews in the Isralie method.

  23. Richard O.

    I think it is invasive and not very helpful-I’m against any unnecessary radiation exposure as well.

  24. Frederick J. Vaeth, Jr.

    Hey, if it keeps me alive, it’s okay by me. I too, have an complete right hip replacement – this saves time also

  25. t smith

    I went throught this in Washington D.C. Having artificial knees, it as a pleasure. Anyone can see anything they wish if I can get through the process with alacrity and dignity. I love it.

  26. Angela Tatom

    I am willing to sacrifice modesty for safety,,, and I prefer it to being patted down which somehow leaves me feeling more violated. I also think that, regarding my safety and the safety of loved ones, profiling is not amiss in these times.

  27. Leigh Lingard

    All this talk about security is a load of BULL & gives a false sense of security. The person who flies a couple of times a year is not inconvenienced, compared to people who fly on a regular basis. Since 9/11, if all the security was in place & functioning at 100%, we wouldn’t have any of these new schemes coming to light. And to top it off, you have a greater chance of being killed on your local streets.

  28. Mike Mickelson

    I support the idea. We have to improve security and although incremental, we have to keep at it. This will not be the ultimate solution though.

  29. maria

    I am astonished that no one appears to be concerned about the health hazards of this approach, i.e. radiation, significant especially if you travel a lot!! Not even individuals who have metallic implants seem to worry… I have no difficulty with the issue of “privacy”, but will choose patting down any time over being scanned.

  30. paul wargo

    We are losing rights and privacy daily.This is absolutely unjustified. This in no way makes this country any safer!For those who fall for any excuse to give up privacy will eventually not be free. ( Benjamin Franklin ). What difference will it make then because you won’t even be able to fly.

  31. Lynn Glover

    Both an improvement in safety and an infrigement of freedom, but necessary in the world we live and preferable to some other measures used. We must also use profiling to target the threats.

  32. John Beck

    Great idea, but still not as good as profiling. Terrorists will simply ingest contagious poison or cram explosive up their butt (this will NOT show up on the body scan). Agents have to be given the latitude to take potential suspects aside for more thorough screening and questioning.

  33. Marvin Beitler

    whatever needs to be done for security is all right with me.

  34. Charles Schmitter

    Outstanding idea. I have an artificial knee and scanning expedites the process! I don’t mind scanners seeing my private parts-I just don’t want to be blown up in mid-air!

  35. Evan Jackson

    Will that mean I don’t have to be patted down when they see my pacemaker showup on the screen?

  36. Geoff

    I think they are silly. The kind of bomb the ‘underwear bomber’ used would not have shown up on backscatter or millimeter wave machines, so they would have no preventive effect, and there is no doubt that there will be trade in nude images of famous movie stars, politicians and sports celebrities–all the protestation to the contrary notwithstanding. Closing the door after the horse has left the barn is not a good strategy for the twenty-first century.
    As to the fact the some people wear revealing clothing on a beach–so what–others believe it’s a violation of their bodies. Should they not be allowed to fly?

  37. Addy

    Go for it!!!!! Let us all not forget!

  38. csw

    If this device speeds the process and provides better protection against terrorists, then let’s just do it and stop all the nonsense about privacy invasion. This is a necessary evil to lessen threats and improve airplane security.

  39. Masrud

    Speaking of personal privacy, have you been to a beach lately?? I can’t believe that anyone would have a problem with a full-body scan that might preserve their life!

  40. David Ballou

    I have an artificial hip and the x-ray is simpler than being patted down. I do think that the subject should be allowed to see what the TSA people see.

  41. Wayne Dickson

    Great idea.

  42. Gene Polhemus

    I think it’s great! I have a hip replacement and it saves a lot of time.
    I can’t understand these people who think it’s an infringement on their personal freedom. What’s the big deal about getting patted down? would you rather be blown up in the air? nuff said.

  43. Roger Lund

    It’s a terrific advance. I want safety in the skies and, as the “underwear bomber” proved, the enemy will go to any length. We must get over silly hang-ups and realize that this is not an invasion of privacy, but an insurance policy for safety.

  44. L Mann

    No problem’; if it makes the trip more secure and allows me more piece of mind, go for it.

  45. Ron

    All the high tech equipment in the world won’t help against stone age tactics.

  46. Michael Habig

    Although this additional process may at times pose an inconvenience, I’m comfortable with it’s implementation.

  47. Kay Smith

    I love it as I have two artificial knees and it saves me lots of time.

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