Are the new Xray Screeners at airports an invasion of privacy?

@medooley (1875)
United States
December 1, 2006 9:55am CST
There is a new type of screening that they are using at the airport in Pheonix. This machine takes an x-ray of you, this provides a much better detail of what the person might be carring, however the image the it produces can be quite revealing. Some say this is an invasion of privacy. Take a look at this article and tell me what you think... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061201/ap_on_re_us/airport_x_ray_screening Personally I do not think that this is an invasion of privacy to me... But I think I could see how some might think that it is.
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@golden87 (95)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Well, I work for an airline and it seems that to keep people safe, we will go to any measure. Safety is absolutely the #1 priority. When you ask most airline passengers if they feel it is an invasion of privacy, they will tell you no. They would rather be safe, and most people have nothing to hide.
@medooley (1875)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I totally agree with you. I would much rather be safe and I have nothing to hide. Do you know when and if your airport will be gettig this new screeners?
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• Netherlands
2 Dec 06
I think you Americans give away so much of your hard earned freedoms all in the name of safety. I am sorry you do this as your forefathers had to pay for the freedoms you relinquish. Sure you have nothing to hide but come on now.... You slowly become cowed into submission.
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@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I personally wouldn't have any problem with it at all. I mean, if in the long run it will keep us all safer, then I am all for it. I can see where alot of people will start a fuss about this being a invasion of privacy, but you know what? I think it has come to that time, where we may have to give up some of our privacy unfortunately to be safe.
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@medooley (1875)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I agree with you that it has come to the time when it is time to give up some of our "privacy" do be more safe? While I understand while people will object to this... I dont see what the big deal is... it provides a pretty accurate picture of someones body... most people have a pretty good idea what your body looks like as soon as they see you anyway.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I don't know how I feel about that mainly because I was recently reading up on new prescreening practices giving airline passangers ratings and I just don't know. I suppose I could say that I don't feel it is an invasion of privacy but there are always some people who have medical conditions (plates, bone replacements, ect.) that they ilke to keep private for various reasons which is why medical x-rays become part of a personal and private file. It might be embarrassing and humilating for some who end up having to answer very personal questions in the middle of the airport surrounded by some nosey individuals. In theory people who are handling these duties would know to be sensitive in certain situations but this world is made up of all sorts of people. Many of them who are just rude careless people. I really, truly, hope this new screen method can be used responsibly withotu causing passangers any problems because of course we all want to be safe these days.
@honeybfly83 (1021)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I wouldnt have any problem with it. I can see how some people would think it was invasion of privacy and make them uncomfortable or embarrassed. But as long as it is keeping me safer Go ahead!
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
1 Dec 06
pic of xray - pic of xray
I have conflicting opinions on this. My first thought is no, it is not an invasion of privacy because it is intended for safety. I would rather have technology help to ensure that we are not at risk of being blown in the sky. But then I saw the photo of the Xray..and can you say...wow, that is really revealing of the person!!! I don't think I would be comfortable walking thru that because I woould feel naked! The person watching would see me completely...just not in color. And there is only one person on this planet that sees me like that!!! Then I thought about risks. What about a pregnant woman? What if she doesn't even know that she is pregnant???? Is this the type of Xray that pregnant women are guarded from with that big heavy vest? What about children for that matter? When my son was severly injured a couple of years ago and had to have Xray after Xray, they would always protect his jewels from being exposed just in case. Then if you want to go down that line...what about men that haven't gotten women pregnant yet? Would their guys and gals be effected? So my real question then would be...how safe is it if we have been told by Xray techs that we have to be protected from these rays they are now wanting to use in the airport? Pic is from you news article you posted. Thought people would like to see the high resolution image that would be taken.
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@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Damn you... I was going to post tha picture, but since I don't have permission to do so from the AP i figured I shouldn't... apparently you dont even care... rules don't apply to you do the Tia... LOL
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
2 Dec 06
As long as I say where I got it from and it is not copyrighted...I do not see the problem. I am not selling the pic as my own. So :P
@AIKOMEI (301)
• Singapore
1 Dec 06
I do think it is an invasion of privacy. However, I do not mind my privacy being invaded if it is for my safety.
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• Pakistan
1 Dec 06
Yes u are right. I agree with you.
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@triece (111)
• United States
2 Dec 06
i completely agree with you. in the long run, if i'm alive to tell how horrible my x-ray looked, then so be it! but so much for wearing hoodies to cover those problem areas. woo.
@Opteron (1845)
• Italy
1 Dec 06
I have already heard of this technology, called Backscatter, in wich x-ray go back to a sensor who can detect them, it's based on ray that are reflected back..not that one that go through the body. The application of this new x-ray technology to airport screening uses high energy x-rays that are more likely to scatter than penetrate materials as compared to lower-energy x-rays used in medical applications. Althought this type of x-ray is said to be harmless it can move through other materials, such as clothing. As engineers say, this is not risky...but I am a bit scared of those machines... no problems with my privacy if it help us to be more secure. Terrorism is a big problem. This summer I went in Moscow airport two days after an attempted assassination in that place!! I'm lucky If I am here and alive. That day I passed three metal detectors, my bag too, and I was asked to take out my shoes. Then they search on my body touching me! A big russian guy. I had much fear while he was touching me! Only pockets,arms and legs, not genital parts...fortunately! So for me it's not a privacy risk...I prefer not to be touched. Everyone know how is made a female or male body!
@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Thanks for providing some information on the technology!
@kidumathy (213)
• India
1 Dec 06
nop. absolutely not. Even if it is it is needed. these days terrorism is at its extreme. TO prevent any bad things from happening X ray screeners are needed.
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@cloud9 (176)
• Philippines
1 Dec 06
With all the terrorism and bombings that's being reported in the news lately, I would't mind this new technology and I would not consider this as an invasion of privacy. I prefer to be safe and secured knowing that every measure was taken for all the passengers to be provided with security
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@blaileigh (464)
• United States
1 Dec 06
No i don't think so I if saves my life I am all for them screening....
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@jediwa72 (204)
• United States
1 Dec 06
o my goodness. a while back my license expired while i was on vacation so on the return flight i had to stand in line in the smallest glass hall ever...it smelled so bad in there...and then i had to go through this entire process...they made me go through metal det., xray and then they felt me up. it was soooo humiliating all because my license had expired 3 days earlier. i mean, i am glad that they are taking measures to keep the airport and skies safe but if i wasn't a flight risk a few days before why am i suddenly one now. anyway, i don't however feel that it is an invasion of privacy...i do think it is necessary in this day and time....and i guess maybe a little bit i am glad that they didn't just let me through because that would be discriminatory....but still, it really stunk!
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I don't think it is and invasion. I mean, it's not like it shows skin or really details about the body..but basically the shape. I think it would be more invasive for men than for women because they have more parts that would show up..if you know what I mean.
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@annihilus (2185)
• Italy
2 Dec 06
yes, maybe but it is for security. I don't know very well this kind of x-ray machine but I think the authorities of every country have the problem of security. A solution may be don't allow access to airpost to any muslim!
@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Wow that is easily one of the most close mindedness post that I have ever seen. We don't need your posts here.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Annihilus, perhaps you also believe in the genocide of the Arab people? You're ridiculous! The United States is built on the premise of freedoms, one of which includes the freedom of religion. You also have the freedom to agree or disagree with any religion, but to not allow them to fly is absolutely close minded and just plain ignorant. I have to agree with medooley on this one, we don't need your post here!
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@maryannemax (12173)
• Sweden
2 Dec 06
the problem with people is that they love to complain so much about things. if the security is lose, and something happens, people complain about the untight security system. but when the security system is so strict, people again complain about having their privacies invaded. see? people are so hard to please!
@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Dec 06
This is a very good post, you are right some one is always going to complain about something. You can't please everyone.
• United States
2 Dec 06
total recall - airport scene from the movie, total recall
pretty cool, kinda like Total Recall, they should tweak it so it only shows items and skeletal view just like the movie. Then people wouldn't think it so invasive. What I wonder is what kinda radiation these things gonna bombard them body with and what they're gonna do to passengers with delicate items like pacemakers. I don't even like getting x-rayed at hospitals much less an airport, are we gonna have to put on lead aprons like and the hospitals? Crazy stuff man lol
@medooley (1875)
• United States
2 Dec 06
I totally forgot about the total recall thing. I loved that the first time I saw that. I guess movies do have a way of telling the future.
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
I don't see it as a problem, in todays world safety should be a priority, and yes no doubt there would be some who would see it as a problem, but such is life!
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
2 Dec 06
Well then that would be my choice!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I don't care how or what they x-ray me with. I just wish they could get us through that line faster. The only thing I am tired of is 5 out of the last 6 times i have flown I was selected for the special pat me down screening. How many times am I going to have to go through that?
• United States
2 Dec 06
I think if you wear that hat through the airport you're likely to get picked out for all sorts of screenings! LOL! Seriously though, I think that you'll have to go through it at least 5 times, if not more!
@lesterdsa (1647)
• India
1 Dec 06
yes its invasion of privacy it has to be stoped
19 Jun 07
I would have a problem with that. I think they are getting a bit crazy and going over the top. Whatever happened to our rights nd our privacy? I think frisking is bad enough. I'm glad I don't fly these days. The delays are bad enough and having to get to the airport 2 hours early is a bit much.
22 Jan 07
That news isnt there anymore...
@djbtol (5500)
• United States
7 Dec 06
It is an invasion of privacy, no doubt about it. Some person (guy or gal?) sitting in a backroom is going to see more of your body than you would ever want them to. Is it necessary for security? That is the question. Check out this article for more info and a picture. http://blogevolve.com/phoenix-airport-security-stepping-up