Will We Soon Have To Fly Naked?
- 2009/12/29 16:36:59
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I remember the first time airport security personnel made me take off my shoes. I was baffled. What the heck could be in my shoes? But, obediently, I took them off. Then he said, "And your belt." Oh. OK. My belt. Because that's a dangerous weapon. I mean, my dad used his belt as a tool of punishment when I was a kid, but I didn't see the need to remove my belt just to get through security. But again, I obeyed. And as I was taking the belt off, I apparently switched to autopilot because I began unzipping my pants to take them off as well. Oops.
Instead of stripping down to our birthday suits as I seemed so ready to do that day, passengers intending to fly might actually soon be required to pass through a rather revealing scanner, which some critics are calling the equivalent of a "digital strip search."
Thanks to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his ridiculous Christmas Day shenanigans, airport security has decided they need to see what people have lurking in their underpants. Or, as former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff told the Washington Post, "You’ve got to find some way of detecting things in parts of the body that aren’t easy to get at. It’s either pat-downs or imaging.”
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there are already 40 imaging devices at 19 airports with 30 more on the way. Plus, there are 150 other machines coming that will magically unveil the contours of your naked body, but your face and private parts "will be blurred" for the person in a separate room viewing the scans. Thank God for that or else I'd be worried about what the viewer would actually be doing with his time.
In my opinion, the potential to get scanned at the airport is just one more reason to get in great shape. Wouldn't want the guy viewing the images to snicker about your fat rolls or protruding love handles, would ya? And, don't even think about sneaking anything (even if it's legal) in your pants anymore. Gotta leave that pocket vibrator at home now, ladies.
Have you ever been patted down or scanned at the airport and had something embarrassing come to light? I forgot about the 3 oz. rule one time and tried to carry on a giant bottle of Southern Comfort. Yeah, they took it. I cried. But I moved on and never made that mistake again. What's the worst thing you've been caught with?
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