If you are at all squeamish about stripping off – totally – in front of strangers, then perhaps Manchester Airport is not for you.
The airport has introduced an X-Ray machine which generates naked images of passengers. The device, which allows security staff to instantly spot hidden weapons or explosives, will also reveal body piercings, false limbs, breast enlargements – and a clear rendition of the scannee’s genitalia.
Airport authorities say the images will be destroyed instantly and will be seen by only one person at a “remote location”.
The scanners, which work by broadcasting an electromagnetic wave on to passengers, creating a virtual three-dimensional image from reflected energy, will speed up airport security checks.
What is truly amazing about this is how most of the world’s fear-stricken citizens will probably go along with the invasion of privacy, like so many bovines on the way to the chop house.
As aviation columnist Patrick Smith points out, the relentless search methods employed by the Transportation Security Administration in the US (and by airport security staff in many other – but certainly not all -parts of the world) have not made us any safer.
In a recent column on Salon.com, Smith writes: “In any case, and in spite of the Transportation Security Administration’s best efforts, there are limitless ways to sneak knives and other dangerous materials past guards; not to mention, a deadly weapon can be fashioned from just about anything, including plenty of materials found on airplanes. (I’ll point out that even maximum-security prisons are unable to eliminate knives and contraband.) Yet whether by virtue of incompetence or willful ignorance, TSA continues to waste untold time and untold millions of dollars on a tedious, zero-tolerance fixation with blades and sharps. This does nothing to make us safer, and in fact draws security resources away from worthy pursuits.”
Meanwhile, back at Manchester, if you do not want to be scanned, you may present yourself instead to the nearest security officer for the usual gloved-hand feel-up.
Any vacancies there, i’d say im a hermophrodite and prefer to search the femenine side… i’d be drinking green tea while at work!! Ke sa tlo botshela papaaa!!!
I understand this scanner uses Xrays.
X-rays are dangerous, so if ever I go through customs and am asked to go through the X-ray machine. I will respond with I would rather strip naked in front of everyone than be exposed to Xrays. If there is a medical reason making an X-ray necessary then fine, but in an airport. No thank you.
Common misconception is that this image is an X-ray. That is incorrect. Thie image is made using milimeter sound waves which are harmless. Your cell phone or microwave are more dangerous.
If everyone is so perfect, knowledgable and wise in teh airea of security, then what would you do differently? Do you blame the right people for the screening that is done? The people that you see in the airports every day don’t make the policies, those people are sitting in a nice office somewhere far away.
If another attact was to occur, where would you point the blame for letting it happen? In the same direction where you complain about what is being done for security.