Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Should Full Body Scans Become The Norm At Airports Now?

There are only 40 full body scanners in place at airports across the United States.

Perhaps the reason: civil liberties concerns. Many people oppose the full body scans because they are too obtrusive. Simply put, the person doing the screening can see - anatomically - everything under a passenger's clothes.

But in the case of the attempted Christmas bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit - it's possible the powdered chemicals allegedly carried by suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab could have been detected by a full body scan.

The chemicals, which failed to detonate, were allegedly sewn to his underwear. Let's face it. Not many passengers - who already feel inconvenienced over having to take their shoes off while going through the screening process - are going to be comfortable with a full body pat or a strip search.

Perhaps, in light of the Christmas Day scare, the electronic body scanners will be viewed now with greater appreciation.



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