Are Airport Full-Body Scanners Dangerous?
Rick Seaney Investigates These Controversial Airport Security Devices
Did you hear the latest? Last month, a pilot for ExpressJet — which some of you may have flown under the name Continental Express — refused to go through a body scan imaging machine at the airport.
You don’t have to; you can always opt for the full body pat-down instead. Only he refused that, too. He was agreeable to going through a metal detector but that wasn’t good enough for security and at last report his job is “on hold.” (I’ve asked ExpressJet for comment but have received no response).
One thing I’d ask the pilot: How would you feel if one of your passengers opted out of such screenings?
I recently went through both screenings, the body scan machine and the full body pat-down, and I’m not exactly crazy about either one. That said, I don’t agree with some Transportation Security Administration critics who call airport security mere “theater.”
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