You may be virtually strip-searched by the machine, but there is some reassurance in that they don't reveal images of your body beneath your clothing; additionally, they don't use lasers or x-rays. Essentially, they are trying to stop dangerous passengers from even reaching the security checkpoint, let alone the gate for their flight. They can also be moved to places like baggage claim or ticket counters, to cover all bases.
Now here's the part that really has us worried about using SPO-7s as pre-security technology: the machines will be manned by a small group of TSA agents, including a behavior detection officer "who is trained to look for physiological signs that could indicate that something is wrong." We already have a guilty conscience (thanks, Catholic school!) and so now we're destined to be nervous from the moment we enter the airport.
What do you think? Will SPO-7s make you more feel more safe or more uneasy at the airport?
· New Security Scanners Deployed at Bradley [Hartford Courant]
· Full-Body Scanners 101: How Naked is Full-Body Scan Naked? [Jaunted]
· Full-Body Scanning [Jaunted]
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