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Old 04-02-2014, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Norfolk
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November 2013, I flew out of STL and they're still in use there.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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November 2013, I flew out of STL and they're still in use there.
No, that may have been different technology, but it wasn't backscatter.
TSA removes body scanners criticized as too revealing - CNN.com
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:32 AM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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I don't doubt the OP's story. Of course, I don't want to be the victim of a terror plot, but I seriously wonder sometimes about the free pass the government has been given to invade people's privacy in the name of safety.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Granted, I don't fly very often, the last time I did was in 2011, but I don't get the big deal about the scanners. Walk thru, done & you're on your way. I could care less if some agent is scrutinizing or not, I'll never see them again.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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Granted, I don't fly very often, the last time I did was in 2011, but I don't get the big deal about the scanners. Walk thru, done & you're on your way. I could care less if some agent is scrutinizing or not, I'll never see them again.
This is kind of the way I feel. Now, I fly fairly frequently (a dozen or so round trips a year, sometimes more than that), so if security isn't too busy, I'll request to opt out (just because I'm getting "zapped" more frequently than the average traveler). I've never had a problem opting out, and I've never been groped. The TSA agent isn't enjoying the pat down any more than I am. They're just doing their job.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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No, that may have been different technology, but it wasn't backscatter.
TSA removes body scanners criticized as too revealing - CNN.com
I surely do hope you're right. It was the old, "place your feet here" and "raise your arms above your head" deal.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Granted, I don't fly very often, the last time I did was in 2011, but I don't get the big deal about the scanners. Walk thru, done & you're on your way. I could care less if some agent is scrutinizing or not, I'll never see them again.
Different people like different things, and same is true for NOT liking different things.

Some people are modest, and not too keen on having airport security guards being able to see *everything*.

There are also significant health concerns. Backscatter machines used radiation, and I'm not comfortable with that either.

Lastly, there's the egregious violation of our 4th amendment rights.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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I surely do hope you're right. It was the old, "place your feet here" and "raise your arms above your head" deal.
Those are wave millimeter machines, different than backscatter. The agents don't see a passenger-specific image ... they aren't seeing "you" ... the monitor they're looking at uses a generic body form and highlights areas of concern that may need to be patted down.



Every time I go through, the back of my left knee is always highlighted. I have no idea why. And the agents usually laugh when I say "let me guess ... back of my left knee, right?"
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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There are also significant health concerns. Backscatter machines used radiation, and I'm not comfortable with that either.
I think "significant" is overstating it. You get more radiation on the plane than you do being screened. That is, very little. Unless you are a frequent traveler, it's nothing to be concerned about.
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