TSA Pulls Nude Airport Scanners -- Hope Everyone Likes Latex-Gloved Pat-Downs!

airport scannerThe TSA has pulled the plug on nude body scanners. You know, those x-ray machine things that outline all of your body, not just your bones. Like, all of your body. Unsurprisingly, there were lots of complaints by travelers who were none too pleased with their private parts being on display to perfect strangers; so after enough pressure, the Transportation Security Administration caved and got rid of them on Friday. Eventually, the scanners will be replaced with machines that offer a generic outline of a person instead, but for now, it's blue latex gloves and intrusive pat-downs all around. So I'm not quite sure why people are rejoicing.

It's worth noting that nude body scanners weren't mandatory for people. You could opt out of them and get a pat-down instead if you so chose. Personally, I always went that route. Not because I love strange people feeling around in places they shouldn't, but because I'm neurotic and am scared of radiation. But that's really neither here nor there.

Fact is, the machines were intrusive. You were having random people who aren't medical professionals stare at your naked on-screen body. But at the end of the day, the true purpose of them was safety. I don't always agree with everything the government does, but I don't think they'd spend bajillions of dollars to catch a glimpse of some boob. I think software that offers a generic body is a great idea, but until that comes to fruition, the other alternative is pat-downs. It's a choice, I guess; a crappy choice, but a choice -- What's worse: Someone looking at your body or someone touching your body?

Like I said, I'm a pat-down person all the way, because of my fear of radiation. (And, as far as I know, it's always a person of the same sex doing the patting, so there's that.) But for those who really don't want to be touched -- well, I hope you're not the unlucky person who gets plucked out of line for a pat-down. Because that shit is thorough.

What would you rather: Nude scan or pat-down?


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Flori... Floridamom96

Ok, I followed the link you provided and also read multiple other news reports on this and can find nothing that says the TSA will do all pat downs instead. What they do all say is that the x-ray machines that show your full naked body are being replaced by the millimeter wave machines which instead produce a generic outline. Also, the millimeter wave technology does not use radiation, it uses radio waves. I understand that this is just a blog where you say how you fell about something, but there are some blatant falsehoods in this blog. It's really not that hard to educate yourself. In this case all it took was a few seconds on google.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

If you are so freaked by radiation why fly? You are exposed radiation on airplanes silly blogger.

ashes... ashes2ashes831

My first time flying I was chosen to get a patdown. I had just turned 18, no idea what was going on, the female tsa was "busy" and the man who did my patdown literally made me wanna throw up...by the time I got on the plane I was crying

Kzint... KzintiFeline

Until I was diagnosed with cancer earlier last year, I flew every week, which meant at least two trips through security each week.  My husband has a degree in nuclear engineering and warned me about the machines.  There have not been enough studies to understand the long-term effects of the concentrated low-level radiation that was being used to penetrate just the skin and not to internal organs.  I always opted for the pat-down and never had any problems with it.  The TSA personnel were always friendly and professional.

shann... shannipoo714

the blue gloves are usually nitrile gloves, not latex. too many people have latex allergies (like myself) and TSA doesn't usually use latex.

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

I was going to say the same thing shannipoo said.

nonmember avatar qwizzard

Scanners don't just show your private parts... there are those who have medical and or cosmetic devices attached or implanted that would be far more 'personal' than a random breast or penis, which nearly all people have or another of. I have 4 such devices myself and have zero desire for anyone to instantly 'read' my medical history so I can board a flight. Yes, I know the patdown option and I use it.

nonmember avatar luckygirlyo

They are replacing the nude scan with a gingerbread man shaped screen for privacy. I always wonder if the bloggers on here bother with research at all. Pat downs will not be mandatory.

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