Airport Body Scanners Coming To North Carolina

The Transportation Security Administration is spreading airport body-scanner technology across the country.

A TSA official said Friday that units will be fielded next week in Chicago, and in the coming months at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; and Kansas City.

They are among 150 machines bought with money from the federal stimulus package signed into law by President Barack Obama last year.

Three of the new machines are going online at Boston's Logan International Airport on Monday.

Deployment of the machines was announced in the fall, before a Nigerian allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day with explosives concealed in his underwear.

But that event highlighted the need for additional security in the U.S. aviation system.

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  • by DR on Mar 7, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    Okay first of all as far as the radiation goes, I agree that accumulation is bad but you gotta ask yourself what's worse another exposure or blowing up on a freaking plane? Secondly, I am all for profiling but that should be used in conjunction with the scanners. And last but not least, the privacy issue. I know people are funny about being seen naked but COME ON people, get over yourselves. You are not as special as you think you are. I mean really, take a good look in the mirror, I doubt you are seeing anything like Brad or Angelina in it. Do you really think somebody is that interested in you? If so then then you must have your own TV show right? So how about you quit your whining and put the safety OF ALL above your stupid little complex about somebody seeing your fat rolls or your saggy old boobs!! Oh and by the way if the kids blow up on a plane they never even had a chance of developing cancer from the scanners you idiots!!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:55 AM
    I think you'll pretty much find that OSOC doesn't have a need to look to you, Nathan, or anyone else for validation of credibility. His intellect speaks for itself quite well. Yours comes into question when you joyously announce that we're exposed to radiation all day, as though there's no cumulative effect - there is, & that's the point. Every move we make towards more daily exposure to ANY toxic effects (esp. manmade sources) increases the potential for negative results. If you don't believe me, look around at increases in rates of cancer, MS, Lupus, & other catastrophic illness in recent generations. Some of us have personal reasons for declining an invitation to more damage because we know too well what it can do. Maybe YOU would change YOUR tune in a heartbeat if you had a personal reason of that sort. Believe it or not, a lot of people don't want this, regardless of political orientation. Some of us have already given up enough.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Mar 6, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    OSOC, that you believe the FUD about radiation pretty much invalidates any credibility you might have had left after trying to tie it to Obama and "liberals". X-rays and cell phones have been accused of causing radiation poisoning but this has never been proven. Radiation is not bad for you in low doses. You experience radiation all day -- it comes from the sun. Anyway, I know I will feel safer in a plane knowing that those who had a problem with safety measures are taking Greyhound. And look, I don't love the idea of being on the receiving end of one of these scanners, but any of you against these would change your tune in a heartbeat if someone you loved died on 9/11. You would be asking why they didn't do more. Well- this is them doing more. Believe it or not, people want this, and they're not all liberals. They all want one thing though, and that's an assurance of safety.How much privacy are they willing to give up? 2 words:Patriot Act.Signed into law by a *conservative* President.
  • by Marty on Mar 6, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    I agree, I will go out of my way to avoid ANY airport using these devices. Revolting invasion of personal privacy. And the police would arrest anyone who uses a camera in a public restroom, but this is sanctioned by the government? Unreal...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    So Nathan, its OK to scan innocent children and old women? Like Audra posts, radiation. So, you will have no problem dosing your children with no history of long term damage...all in the name of "we shouldn't pofile". Like the Fort Hood Shooter..we shouldn't profile him even though he had ties to terrorists. I was suprised when I went to the airport and didn't have to take my underware off and throw it on the belt, well, they did it with shoes. This is just another feel good effort by liberals who have no regard for a man or womans privacy. Again, where is the ACLU? And of course, your reasoning is a 6 year old or 82 year old woman could have a bomb strapped to them, it happens all the time..doesn't it?.....profile, profile, profile...this is the biggest hooey to come from government....
  • by rnc Location: enc on Mar 6, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    i mean...just look at the picture for the artivle...a man sttanding over a woman with her arms up...this is totally out of bounds...
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Mar 6, 2010 at 01:10 AM
    Anyone who does not want to fly because of airport security can take land transportation. While land transportation is subject to terrorist attack (e.g. explosives on a bus on a bridge) the danger on a plane is much more severe. But a boycott of safe airports won't make the government back down, it'll just send a message to the airlines, which is the wrong recipient. So no message will be sent. Also if you stop flying, the terrorists basically win. That's part of what 9/11 was about. Strike fear into the Americans, make them less apt to take advantage of air travel. As for the scanners, stop and think. Would you want to operate them, even in your wildest fantasies? Only a small percentage of the population have Hollywood looks. The rest are kids, the elderly, and the unattractive. So this isn't something they want to do. But they do it, to keep the rest of us safe. They don't save the images and they can't see fine details. So I don't see the issue.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    I'm normally for security measures but as I've expressed previously, I'm not for these things. They can tout all they want that it isn't a harmful dose but do some reading.. over time, it is. Call it z-ray, x-ray, anything you want, but it's still radiation. I'd like to avoid as much exposure as I can - both meanings on that. Some airports run the monitors elsewhere so there is no viewing by the agent seeing you face to face, and no face to face with the agent viewing your body image. I prefer that, but it still isn't in my comfort zone. My next trip out, I plan to leave from Ontario and arrive in Greenville (return trip the same), thanks. Charlotte & LAX can have that. >:-P
  • by MI Location: Safety First on Mar 5, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    well i think this is AWSOME!!! I believe in the images are not saved into a im my opinion is not really a threat to my privacy. And ask a gynecologist if he has dirty thought when he sees a different woman every day...he probably say nah it becomes a guy that works in this stuff will get sick of seeing peoples stuff...which brings me to the fact that you can only se a contour ...not the whole 3d version...I dont want to blow up in a plane because of privacy. I travel alot and this will cut security time..which is a pain in the buttocks...
  • by Vance on Mar 5, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    I have never flown,heck I have never been out of the state.But this is not about me.This is invasion of privacy to the MAX!Does this woman in this picture pose a threat to america?Does a little innocent preteen or teen age girl or guy deserve this?Do YOU DESERVE THIS?I agree Obonga Snake Oil Co.They(DUMPOFCRAPS) have gone to far on this one!Does anybody or the government see anyone blowing up stuff but RADICAL MUSLIMS?OBONGA and congress needs to be PROFILED under or in front of an X-RAY!PROFILE NOW!
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