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Body Scan Debate Heating Up

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Just a week before one of the busiest travel days of the year, the airport body scanner debate is raging after a San Diego man refused the scan and the full body pat-down then posted videos of the argument on the internet.

Officials insist the scans are completely anonymous and the images only viewed behind closed doors. Some argue the scans are just too personal, but travelers at Philadelphia International Airport seem to think the scans are fine – and even welcomed if they can speed up the security lines.

Tom Curran was just about to go through his first body scan, and said he has no problem with it, but he thinks there has to be a better way.

His solution would be increased profiling to single out those more likely to do harm:

“When little old ladies are being patted down, I would object to that. Now, I’m a male aged 65, if you have to do it, you have to do it, but I think there are probably better targets.”

Pat-downs are a different story, people say they may be a little too personal, one traveler even comparing it to a prison search.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio

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  • MM Greenwood

    I am glad I don’t have to fly on public air lines anymore. I had some TSA guy squeeze me in Dallas. That was my last flight. Private is the way to go quicker and not much more costly.

  • Danny

    These are going to be the same people complaining if anything happens

  • Joe Adam

    Anyone, doesnt matter age, sex, or ethic background could be a terrorist. If people do not want safety on a plane, they should just drive to there destination. Flying is a privledge that you pay for to get somewhere quicker. If you do not like the searches, don’t fly.

    I am a police officer and I have been searched everytime I have flown since 9/11 and I still approve searches and body scans. Everyone should have to go through it, not just people the airport security suspects.

    This guy in San Diego will probally try to sue the airline security for doing their job who are just trying to keep the rest of us safe.

    • Ed Stauss

      If yo9u don’t want to do it take the train, bus or drive.

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