By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY
Transportation Security Administration screeners at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will test a "backscatter" machine that could vastly improve weapons detection but has been labeled a "virtual strip search" by the American Civil Liberties Union. Backscatter can show clear images of nude bodies.In the upcoming airport tests, the machines will be used only on travelers who require extra screening beyond a metal detector. Those passengers will be offered the option of being photographed from the front and back by the backscatter machine or undergoing the customary pat-down by a screener.
(GOI: It's only a matter of time though before it is used to screen everyone).
Null said the machines could some day replace metal detectors if they can operate faster than the 15-20 seconds backscatter takes to screen one passenger.
GOI: Like I said, it will eventually be used to screen everyone and by everyone I mean EVERYONE. Are we prepared to allow our young kids to be x-rayed?!!! Or your 80 year old grandmother??? Or how about Father O'Connor or the Dalai Lama?!!!! And of course you know the celebrities are going to put up a fuss. I think this is a HORRIBLE idea and I hope these machines don't get testis. Oops, did I say testis?? I meant tested. Pretty soon the only way your only going to be able to fly is naked. I guess it's T and A instead of TSA.