Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Step right over here please..."

Last Thursday, as I was going through the motions of getting checked in at LAX, I noticed a very curious addition: A TSA Backscatter, better known as a Body Imaging X-Ray Machine.

I had heard it was being installed at major airports, but I never gave it a second thought until Thursday, when there was a chance I could go through it.

Supposedly the picture above is what they'll see. Supposedly the images will never be saved. Supposedly the person looking at the images will never see your face. Supposedly, can something that will never be seen, exist at all? And yet all I can think of is "what if." And with that "what if" comes a "who cares?" I certainly don't. Even if the image was saved and displayed all over the world, it would be impossible to recognize the face. As long as it's not saved under your name! Haha! Whatevers, if this will help catch the bad guys, whomever they may be, I don't care. But with that comes the issue of scanning kids. Now, would that be considered kiddie porn? Although, there's really no issue at all, come to think of it. You can always ask to be patted down instead of going through the machine. So there! No issue at all.

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