Question 453

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17 Responses to “Question 453”

  1. Johanna:

    I guess I’m not all that concerned with the body scanning. I have a metal femur bone from a childhood accident, but the doctors won’t give me a card because the cards are so easy to duplicate. So when I travel, I have to explain why I almost always set off the metal detectors. If they’re going to scan my body to prove it and that will stop someone else from having some sort of suicide bomb in them or something, then I’m okay with it. It’s not the best, but I’d rather be safe.

  2. Drew:

    Can we stick to questions that aren’t biased?
    My dad’s a pilot and no, I don’t like it, but it’s a scan, it’s over and you keep going. Five seconds of uncomfortableness isn’t going to kill you.

  3. Richard:

    I’m so annoyed by airport security that I will only fly when it’s too far to drive in a couple of days and I can’t take the train. I would rather the TSA focus on things that actually improve airport security, rather than diverting resources to “security theater” like scanners and invasive pat-downs. For more on security theater and airport security in general, check out and

  4. Chris:

    Must be running out of thought questions……

  5. Susan:

    It’s not.
    Come on!
    Who submitted this question?
    What a waste.

  6. Jessica:

    The only thought this provokes is how poorly written the question is. Even though there is a debate about the possible privacy invasion,the way this question is worded doesn’t allow for that debate. It takes a side. Disappointment.

  7. hasn’t affected me – i haven’t flown in a couple of years, plus i’m in Canada 😉 I’m with Johanna above – i’d much rather be safe, and with underwear bombs and shoe bombs, i guess this doesn’t seem like that much overkill…

  8. sarx:

    The 4th amendment:The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    Giving this up for our safety leads down the road to oppression. They have already gone way further than the original mandate. For example, there is discussion that we will start having to have government review of our travel plans before leaving.

  9. TP:

    I haven’t yet flown with the new machines, but there’s a reason for that. No one has ever see me completely naked, and I would like to keep it that way, especially when it comes to strangers, same gender or not. And, for that matter, I have heard of countless cases in which males (with perverted motives) have scanned or patted-down female passengers, and anyone who has ever flown knows that it is quite hard to “disobey” staff, as in asking for a new person to scan you.

    9/11 was terrible, but the crack-down in useless “security” that arose afterwards is ridiculous and unnecessary. I may have been a little kid at the time, but I remember when I liked flying, and it wasn’t because of my age.

  10. Rachel:

    Depends how it’s done and by who

  11. Anonymous:

    I recently took a trip to Europe (on a Lufthansa plane, too!) and all I had to do was have my carry-on scanned and walk through a metal detector, of course with putting everything I had in my pockets in a tub to be scanned.

    The only thing I didn’t like was taking off my jacket, because I was afraid my friends would see my scars.

  12. Dani:

    I really don’t think there’s any ‘violating’ of anyone’s rights. They’re trying to keep you safe. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather 9/11 didn’t happen again.

    Some of you are seriously prude. “I don’t want anyone to see me naked” – Okay guys, it’s like a full body X-RAY. Not a color, high def image of YOU NAKED. So please, get over it & just be glad that these safety measures are being taken so YOUR plane isn’t the one that crashes into a building.

  13. Saivie:

    I’m with Dani. It’s an x-ray. I’ve had it done and honestly, it was simpler than the metal detector. If you don’t have anything to hide, don’t worry about it. It’s not an unreasonable search, it’s simply random. Okay, yes, prejudices allow for less randomness than I’m sure most of the population would agree with, but grow up. It happens, it keeps us safe, and you can opt out. And, yes, you can easily ask for another personnel to pat you down. Just be respectable and it shouldn’t cause too much of a stir.

  14. meh:

    personally, i really wanted to go into one just because i thought itd be cool when i traveled last, but it wasnt open. this is a terrible question…

  15. Amanda:

    I don’t think this is a terrible question at all. If I have not given you a reason to search me or look at my body, it is my decision, as a women, as a human being, whether or not I want to show you what I look like. I don’t care what everyone else thinks, those machines don’t leave enough to the imagination for me to not be bothered by them.

  16. Kat:

    So what? They can see my piercings?
    I flew a few weeks ago & had no issues whatsoever.

  17. Bailey:

    I’m a 16 year old girl and had to go through one with a grown man monitoring. It absolutely is an invasion of privacy. I don’t give a damn if I’m a ‘prude’, there is no reason why anyone should have to be humiliated.

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