YES you should go through the full-body scanner.
Notice that we used the word "should" there, because going through one of the machines is not compulsory. Still, if you stay in line and don't pipe up and take your turn showing your goodies virtually to the TSA, then the lines move quicker and you get to your gate faster and (hopefully) without arousing the suspicion and alarm of security agents.
NO you shouldn't go through the full-bod scanner.
Currentlybecause they haven't quite nailed down whether or not to force people to go through a full-body scan where availableit is your right to decline the full-body scan. The TSA cannot make you go into the machine if you say no, and there is an argument for saying no and therefore protesting the use of these machines.
If you say no to a full-body scan, be warned that you are then submitting yourself to a physical pat-down. Usually the TSA will honor your request for a female or male agent based on your gender, but if it's busy and they're stressed and short-staffed and you look suspicious, then don't expect that courtesy. Anyone who denies a body scan is subject to advanced screening, and be warned that if the agent feels that they don't have a great handle on your pat-down, you could be one chosen to the full stripsearch treatment. Woo-wee.
Frankly, we think full-body scanners are unnecessary and too unproven to call for a massive airport buying spree of them, but in the end we just want to be bothered as little as possible by security so that we can get to our flight and enjoy the trip. What do you think?
· TSA tries to assuage privacy concerns about full-body scans [Wash Post]
· Airport Security coverage [Jaunted]