Full Body Scanners in Airports Essay

1251 Words Apr 16th, 2013 6 Pages
Full Body Scanners in Airports

A full body scanner that is a device that is able to detect objects hidden under clothing by constructing a full 3-D image of a person, complete with detailed body contours. There are presently two types of scanning technology that are used in full body scanners: millimeter wave scanners and backscatter scanners. A millimeter wave scanner is able to use radio waves that are of tremendously high frequencies, which are decoded in order to produce a 3-D image. A backscatter scanner makes use of high-energy rays that scatter when they hit solid materials. This allows a backscatter scanner to generate a detailed image of the person being scanned. Both scanners are effective at detecting contraband that may be
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You may have to get other tests done such as a swab to test for explosives, metal detectors, or a hand scanner. A pat down is a hands-on procedure that involves a TSA agent to thoroughly sweep their hands across your legs, inner thighs, breast, and personal areas. The question I ask myself is, would I rather someone physically touch me or see me? I feel that I would be more violated being touched. If you start the procedure of the pat down or the full body scans, you have to finish it. If you walk away in the middle and cancel your flight, you could face fines of more than $10,000. The main controversy behind the full body scanners is that they produce a naked representation of an airline passenger. They strip away the clothing and anything else the passenger could be wearing and show you clearly what the person’s nude body looks like. But do they delete these pictures of the body scans after the scan is complete? That is the biggest fear of women and children and most of all, celebrities. Many people think these pictures could be leaked onto the internet and be viewed as pornographic material. There is no proof that these pictures are deleted. Another controversy about the full body scanners is the amount of radiation it exhumes. Is the radiation dangerous for pregnant women? If I was a pregnant woman, I wouldn’t want to go through any machine that gives off any form of radiation. Backscatter scanners are said to have a significant amount of

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