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This is NOT what we meant by greater transparency from our government

November 15, 2010 - Rob Weaver
John Tyner has become the voice of protest against full-body scans and enhanced body searches at airport security screenings. Tyner, you may have learned, refused both techniques at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, and posted an audio recording of his encounter with security personnel. I’m not surprised someone has objected to the body scan, which provides an image of what is under a person’s clothing. Nor is it surprising the scans are being put to use in the wake of the underwear bomber. But I think Tyner, and anyone who sides with him, would have key supporters in the Transportation Security Administration workers who have to monitor the scanners. Take the following exercise, and you’ll likely agree: Stand near the doors of any retailer, large or small, and observe the people who walk in and out. Then imagine being the unfortunate TSA screener who would have to watch those folks undergo a full-body scan. My suggestion is for the TSA to have two scanners at airport security zones, one for males and one for females. Scanners would be monitored by TSA workers of the same sex. And those workers would get hazardous-duty pay.


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