The process is very easy and I’ve never been asked any questions from TSA agents why I chose to opt out. I encourage those who are wanting to live as healthy as possible to “opt out” from the body scanner at airports, and if you are still skeptical, continue to do more research until you’ve arrived at a decision you are comfortable with.
Prison Contrary to reports last week that the TSA is eliminating its expensive fleet of x-ray body scanners from airports, the federal agency signed a contract months ago with a separate company to provide the very same machines.
If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past month or so you’ve heard all the controversy about the new scanners at sixty-eight airports across the country.
It seems like every time we turn around someone is complaining about something or someone wants to object to one or another implemented change.
“I wonder if more people would choose to opt-out if knew about the possible negative side effects to the human body that the body scanner can create,” I thought to myself.
Millimeter wave technology heats the skin because of the frequencies that create atomic motion within the cells. An argument might be though that the radiation only occurs for a couple seconds.
That's exactly what I did on a recent trip from Orlando to Atlanta. But as I waited for a male agent -- who would ask me to spread my legs, would touch my torso, rub the inside of my legs and feel the back of my neck and arms -- I began to understand what the TSA means when it says it's focusing its efforts on "intelligence-driven, risk-based screening procedures." It means that when we're screened at the airport, we're separate, but we're not equal.
But it doesn't really say much about the "have-nots" -- the passengers with medical conditions and implants that set off the magnetometers, the folks who don't fly frequently enough to be part of the Pre-Check club and yeah, the opt-outs.
Actually, opt-outs are arguably the biggest segment of the new passenger underclass. I made eye contact with her, which is when I saw a look that can be best described as raw terror.
It’s not just about an invasion of privacy, although with these whole body backscatter scanners the airport security viewing the images can see many parts of the body considered private.
These scanners show such an accurate body picture the user can detect whether the passenger (or airplane personnel) are male or female, have surgical scars, and even if a female passenger is menstruating. The concerns expressed by two airline unions, The United States Pilot Association and the Allied Pilots Association as well as a group of four scientists from the University of California in San Francisco are about the health and well being of air travelers and airplane personnel like fight attendants and pilots.