Full Body Scanners Unveiled At PHL

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia International Airport has joined the ranks of those using “whole-body” scans at security checkpoints. 317 of the scanners have been deployed at airports around the country, but this is the first one for Philly International — and more are on the way.

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The machines raised privacy concerns three years ago because they produced what amounted to nearly naked pictures of passengers. Now, the TSA says the images are electronically fuzzed, faces are blurred, and then the photos are immediately deleted.

This traveler says he’s not concerned about someone seeing a fuzzy image of his body:

“I guess they see a million bodies going there everyday. I don’t think it bothers me since they are trying to locate any weapons or explosives or whatever.”

If they don’t want the full body scan, travelers can opt for the old fashioned metal dectector and a full body pat down.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. infowarsdotcom says:

    It’s the illusion of security. If they don’t use x-rays to see in the body, then something can be hidden inside the body. If they use x-rays, then they have to be strong enough to penetrate the body from head to toe. Recent health reports warned that mammography increases a person’s cancer risk significantly. Even if they use x-rays, if a plasic explosive is shaped in the form of an ordinary item and then sealed with a harmless plastic, it would pass unnoticed.

    I would want to introduce these machines into society if I were setting up a police state. Former US secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is making a lot of money on these machines. Chertoff’s security consulting agency includes a client that manufactures the machines.

  2. Lioninfall says:

    Has the medical establishment certified these as safe? It is essentially an X-Ray.

  3. MetalmunchingMoonMonster says:

    For those who have metal stents and joint replacements, the scan will be a welcome relief from being constantly pulled out of line to be examined while your personal items remain unattended on a conveyer belt.

    “L.A. Johanssen, lol”

  4. gvmesometruth2 says:

    The images are deleted? Someone forgot to check with the Feds I guess.

    Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images:

    For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they’re viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.”

    Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

    Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html

  5. crustyarseninja says:

    If I told you that these scans are being saved so that in the future when you walk out in public you can be identified by biometric cameras immediately? I work for the gov’t andcan’t wait to track all you ignorant unemployed losers all over the country.

  6. L.A. Johanssen says:

    Hell, I’ll volunteer to go through the damn thing naked if they’ll promise to keep the females in check.

  7. herbert says:

    this will not stop me from flying whatever it takes to keep me safe i am all for it

  8. Larry says:

    I will no longer fly on airliners as long as they impose such a violation of our personal dignity. I will drive, fly general aviation or stay home rather than contend with this out-of-control security system.

  9. ed says:

    I will never submit to one of these. I rather be given a pat down over a stranger seeing my private parts.

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