Inside The Box: Body Scanner Boycott?

The new full body scanners and pat downs being used in airports by the TSA are causing a backlash among passengers.

Some passengers are complaining about invasion of privacy thanks to scanner images and the follow-up pat downs.

Federal officials, led by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, are defending the procedures pointing to recent cargo bomb incidents and last year’s underwear bomber.

The new procedures are also causing long lines at airports.

What do you think?

Are these new scanners and pat down methods needed in order to keep us safe as we fly?

Have your say right here Inside the Box.


One Comment

  1. Denise says:

    Absolutely these scanners are needed! I understand it seems like an invasion of privacy as well as it can be a hassle for longer wait times at the airport but I believe the minute we loosen up on our security at the airports, we will see another event like 9/11 happen and lives will be taken. I would rather have security see a silhouette of my body (it’s a myth that the body scanner see you like xray vision) and have to wait a little longer in airport lines than to die or to see other lives taken.

    1. Tom. says:

      while i’m all for the safety of our country it’s just not worth the touble, i’ll take the bus, train or drive.

    2. Mulder says:

      No, it’s not a myth that the scanners can see your naked body in full detail; the images are already out there on the Internet. You’re obviously ill-informed on the facts.

      Fact: Whole Body Imagers do store and transmit these images; they were designed from the outset to do exactly that. Do you want those images of you or your children stored for an undetermined amount of time, to be used in the future for some as-yet-unknown purpose?

      Regardless of the method, strip searches without a probable cause warrant are a violation of the 4th Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. The images of your children are considered child pornography under existing law, and the images of you can easily be considered peeping.

      So, do you want to be contributing to child pornography, or providing free adult pornography, since some of the sexual deviants who covet such images work for TSA?

      Fact: Radiation levels from these devices are much higher than admitted, and the effects are cumulative. That means people with defective gene repair systems, children, and the elderly are at great risk of developing skin cancers, cataracts, and other cancers from repeated exposure to these devices.

      Fact: “Enhanced Pat Down” is merely a euphemism for groping. Ask yourself if you want anyone groping yours or your child’s genitals. That’s a crime in every state.

      Fact: Whole Body Imaging is worthless. They are unable to detect all sorts of potentially explosive material, which is why the Israeli’s don’t even use them, and they have much tighter security than we do. It’s a huge waste of money; we’ve already spent nearly a trillion dollars on these useless machines, and we’re spending even more.

      Contrary to assertions by some other commenters the Israeli’s do not racially profile anyone; they profile behavior.

      Fact: Like it or not, living on planet Earth entails a risk, no matter you do or where you go. Walking outside your home every day is a risk, but you don’t cower in fear, do you? There have been aviation accidents and bombings before, and nobody overreacted, like we’ve been doing since 9/11. You’re never going to get absolute security or anything near it, so there’s no point in expecting it, giving up your civil liberties, or giving up your dignity in the false belief that you will be safer. It won’t happen.

      All the cowards need to get a spine and decide to accept the risk of flying, without acquiescing to this useless security theatre, and push back against it. Contact your congressional representatives and demand they dismantle TSA and DHS, and stop wasting your money.

      1. Bob says:

        It is outrageous that these scanners and pat downs are allowed. It is indeed a violation of our constitutional rights. It was not Americans who were celebrating and dancing in the streets after 911. It was scum from other countries. Our counttry has allowed this type of slime to live in and to travel to our country. We need to start profiling and keep the scum out of our country and quit evading the issue by pretending to deal with the problem by harrassing decent Americans. Wake up America. Our ememies are planning other 911 type attacks on our country. Scanners and pat downs won’t stop them. We need to get them out of here and get rid of them. This is a real war. We need to aggressively go after these countries and people like we did in other wars to protect our freedom!!!

    3. Michele says:

      II feel body scanners and pat downs are necessary, and anybody who thinks otherwise should remember 9/11. Secondly, I tell anybody that wants to view my body “it’s your nightmare” You have to keep a sense of humor about life, this is no different.

    4. mark says:

      you are so out of touch. first, 9/11 was a calculated explosion by powers that are profiting from it. 95% of people outside the USA know this…look it up.

      second, your choice of letting someone touch your genitals or put you through a cancer and tumor causing death machine is not a choice, it is submission to a fascist control system.

  2. rob says:

    Flying is a privlage not a right, like driving. If the police can stop you in your car and give you a breath test for alcohol than a body scan for bombs seems reasonable if you ask me. Don’t be angry at the screeners, bet angry at the ‘Extreme Muslims’ who created this mess.

  3. Tom D. says:

    It is really very simple…if passengers refuse to do the screening and/or pat downs, they don’t fly. Give them their money back and point them to the car rentals or train station. Flying is not a right and neither is driving and the laws that are in place are there for EVERYONE’S safety.

  4. Matt says:

    People that think the TSA are making flights safe are living in dreamland. The scanners are easy to circumvent, so are the pat downs. It is snake oil.

    Repeal the Patriot act now. Get rid of the TSA.

    Spend our money doing something useful, like figuring out how to get off foriegn oil.

  5. richard says:

    Every person who has been caught with bombs or bomb making paraphanelia has been arab in appearance. Just scan those who look like terrorists! It maybe considered racist but can anyone name anyone who does this that doesn’t look like they would bomb a plane or shoot up Ft. Hood? If you say McVeigh your point is moot cause he didn’t hate America, just the government!

    1. Mark from Minnetonka says:

      well said richard

  6. scott says:

    So richard your stating that’s OK to be relaxed in security when someone’s anger is against the government?

    1. richard says:

      I’m stating only to scan the obvious ones at the airport. It’s safe to say the majority of America hates the government we’ve had for the last 2 years!!

  7. Rosie says:

    If you have nothing to hide the scanner should not be a problem for you. I don’t care what they see on the scanner. It is for my safety that they are doing this and I don’t mind.

  8. janna says:

    I’m surprised that no one has questioned or commented on the amount of radiation passengers are receiving when having a full body scan.

  9. Essme says:

    People are crazy if they think these are not needed. I would rather be embarresed, and have my privacy invaded, then take a chance some crazy nutcase is going to show up with a bomb in his underwear.

  10. Fit says:

    I won’t be flying ever again thanks to all of this. I’ll drive, take trains, and catch boats if I can.

  11. Yeah well... says:

    Eventually somebody will ge through all these new security measures with a bomb. Just wait. It WILL happen. And then what? What do you suppose is next?

  12. Kayla says:

    I understand that they need to take security measures, but what about people that simply cannot tolerate it. I’m a victim of sexual abuse, and anything like the body scanner would only heighten my PTSD symptoms. As far as the “Ehanced Pat Down” goes, there is no way I would beable to tolerate that. I had an incident with SWAT around the same time I was assaulted, so I also suffer from a fear of police officers. What about us? Why should we have to be “grounded” because we simply cannot tolerate it? I don’t think that it’s fair.

  13. Ruth says:

    Full body scanners are necessary. And, while we’re at it, how about FULL SECURITY MEASURES for all baggage, cargo, food and other service people, trucks, etc. that enter airport property? Just because passengers pass through security doesn’t mean others do.

  14. Mary says:

    Don’t fly if you don’t want to follow the rules

  15. Eric says:

    What a stupid protest! Put all the “protesters” on separate flights and let them take their chances. Once a terrorist strike happens, you’ll see all these clowns change their tune.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow Eric, I guess you will be happiest TSA they have maneuverer around all of our personal rights and make us fly naked to be sure we are not hiding anything. Who will the clowns be then. Those that choose to fly or those who refuse because they have more self respect than that?

  16. Melissa says:

    TSA is going too far with this. It is a clear violation of the 4th amendment.

  17. jane says:


    Amazing how everyone wants to be safe, but does not want to be inconvienced. Leave a bit earlier for crying out loud….I want safety

  18. Pam says:

    We have been telling the government that they don’t do enough to protect us and now that they are people are not happy with it. It really doesn’t make sense.

  19. Chris says:

    In today’s society, these scanners are necessary to protect our nation and citizens against another attack similar to 9/11. Any precaution that can be taken to protect our safety is an important one.

  20. Mark says:

    Fix the Cargo under the plan, when it is safe, then spend the money on all this technology. Seems like they are just a jobs program!

  21. Mari says:

    If we’d had these scanners in place on September 11, 2001 2752 people would still be alive and the World Trade Center Towers would still be standing.

    How quickly we forget.

    1. bridget says:

      Did any of the 9/11 guys carry bombs? I thought they used force and box cutters? In that day and age no one would have thought too much about a box cutter!

      1. Matt says:

        Actually, they did have an issue with edged blades of certain length or type (like box cutters) back then, “if” they found them. I carried a swiss pocket knife, with a small blade, and they didn’t even blink at that. I did get other stuff flagged. Back then, you could just say “keep it” and go on without that particular tool. They refused to let me fly with a cordless drill in my carry on, but allowed me to have enough other tools that I could have easily been a credible threat. Searches were very inconsistent. My carry on would be searched thoroughly in one airport, and not in others. Of the 35 odd business trips I flew right before 9/11, I only had to check my bag once because of tools in my bag. The simplest method to avoiding any lenthy discovery process at the xray machine, when asked what was in “this” area of my bag, was simply to reply “My dirty underwear and socks”. That always ended the physical search of my bag, and got me on my way quickly. Probably won’t work now.

        I would agree that security was lax back then, but to over compensate to the TSA system we have now was an extreme reaction that does not add much in the way of added security.

  22. Sam says:

    We need to be searched but for heavens sake why isn’t the cargo checked?! What an easy way to get a bomb on board!

  23. Bob says:

    People need to remember that we have had people try to cause harm, and will continue to try to cause harm. So to look at this as an invasion we need to remember what a plan back in 2001 would have possibly saved in lives.

  24. Lisa Erickson says:

    I understand promoting airline safety – but I question the health risks associated in having to use these machines. A full body Xray is not healthy – especially over time – that should be addressed BEFORE the idea that anyone can see through your clothes. I think this type of screening over time is very unhealthy for the human body – you do the math.

  25. Christine Strop says:

    If the scanners can really find things like the little bag of explosive material that was sewn into the underwear of a passenger last year, then I say yes, use scanners. But, I’ve heard that the scanners wouldn’t have found that material in the waistband–what’s the truth?

  26. Mark from Minnetonka says:

    @richard, I agree with you on this one. We need to profile people. The ACLU can take a walk on this one, as they can on most things they do. If you ever go to Israel watch how they profile people in their airports and etc. I think if it walks like a duck it must be a duck. We have been playing political correctness for way to long now. I don’t care if I offend anyone, if you look Arab when I’m at the airport, I will be watching you.

  27. Mark from Minnetonka says:

    If a terrorist wants to take out a plane in the USA all they would have to do is come in from the south. Our southern borders with Mexico are like swiss cheese, and the drug cartel would help them for a price. 3 million to get a terrorist across the border, they would jump at that chance. My guess, they have already.

  28. richard says:

    We have to do what we have to do. It’s clear we need to exercise as much precaution as possible. Most people want to be as safe as possible. If those who have a problem with the procedures don’t want to comply, they can use other travel modes. ISimple!

  29. Erik says:

    Next it will be alien anal probes to get on an airplane.

  30. Shannon says:

    To be honest we would not even ned the body scanners if we just “PROFILED” passengers. Then it would be unlikely the body scanners would be needed and we would not be bothering all the cute little grandmas, kids, pregnant moms and normal people just going to disney land.

    This is a different world today so sometime making a change such as adding PROFILING would make all of us safer and those chosen, if innocent ing traveling should go along with it no question asked thus feeling safer knowing the government is doing what needed to protect the USA. Living here in the US is a right and if PROFILING is going to make us safer great… dog sniffing bomb dogs, more policing on planes, etc…

    I am against the body scanners due to the radiation factor and not knowing the long term affect plus being pregnant I would subject my unborn child to it. I am the least of the airlines worry so dont bother us “average normal” people. Focus on the potential threats, PROFILING would solve most of our issues.

  31. Mary says:

    If people think the pat-downs and scanners are so invasive,, why not use our drug sniffing, bomb sniffing etc. K-9 dogs to do the checking of a passenger. Seems to me this would move the lines faster and not be quite as intrusive.

  32. Matthew says:

    I will never go threw the Body scanner. I might not fly if I got go threw this.

  33. Casey says:

    “Anything for safety?”The thing is a lot more can be done to make us safe, from body scanners to body cavity searches to euthanizing people with AIDS and other deadly communicable diseases. The body scanners are not appropriate to the threat level. You are much more likely to be killed by a drunk driver (about 12,000 deaths a year) than a terrorist. Why not have ‘TSA’ check points at bars and sobriety check points on roads? It would also be very simple to attack a crowded mall or water treatment plant and thousands would die. So, no, it isn’t a matter of safety. It is a matter of letting the government do whatever they want because we as a people are afraid, terrified even.

  34. Scully says:

    It’s the old story of putting a frog in water and slowly turning up the heat. Mulder, your right on – and there is more.

  35. Jerry says:

    I prefer a third choice of a strip search. I would rather take off my clothes than have some person blindly grabbing my private part through my clothing.
    If you’re afraid to take off your clothes just wait until they start doing full cavity searches, it’s only a matter of time.
    As far as refunding a persons ticket if they refuse, I say no to that, they knew what the choices were before they got to the airport.

  36. Frank says:

    You have an option……don’t fly.

  37. Mary says:

    The scanners and pat downs are a violation of our constitutional rights. We need to keep these trashy people out of our country who come from countries that promote terrorism. We need to start profiling and keep the slime balls out of here and to quit bringing them over here or even allowing them to travel here. They are out to destroy America. They will succeed at other 911 type attacks on our country. No amount of scanners or pat downs will eliminate the problem. Our military has to eliminate them before they eliminate us. This is war and we need to go after them and destroy them like we did in other big wars we fought to protect our freedom. They will, also, find new and better ways to destroy America and kill Americans other than bombing airplanes. They are planning their attacks right now and have been for a long time. They are probably laughing at us right now for being cowards and using scanners and pat downs rather than going after them head on. Wake up and get the slime out of our country and out of our airports. Mary

  38. Bob says:

    I am sick of all this politcal correctness crap. Keep the arabs and other trash that hate us out of our airports and out of our country. We need to wake up. We are at war, and we need to launch an attack. It’s criminal the way our country allows both illegal and legal immigrants to come here and sponge off the people who have worked so hard to make America great. They refuse to help our own people. Start profiling right now. If our government was really representing the people, they would not have ever allowed all these scum bags to be here in the first place. Get rid of the new invasive scanners and body searches and get rid of the Arabs, Mexicans, and others who are destroying our country. Get them out of here and keep them out!!!

  39. Jerry says:

    I agree with Mary and Bob send everyone packing except the Native Americans.
    Pack your bags Mary and Bob.

  40. concern citizen says:

    We live in the United States of America. This is not a communist state. It is more than an invasion of privacy—it is a criminal act. TSA has gone way too far. The next thing for them to do to us is rectal and vaginal checks? Are we going to have to take off all of our clothes for them ; then, go shower for the exam with legs in stirups.. This is the way a lot of prisoners are treated.

    We can be safe with out this type of invasion. I think about the absurd things done in America in the past such as slaves, bizzare medical practices, etc. We will look back on this and wonder how in the world did the American people ever allow something like this. I am not going to fly under these circumstances. This will need to be played out in the courts or something like that. Let’s get it done ASAP to protect the rights of American citizens but yet still keep them safe.

  41. Michael says:

    I rather enjoy the pat downs. If they want to touch my junk it’s fine with me. Does it come with dinner after?

  42. Jerry Pooler says:


  43. Jerry says:

    TSA officials tell us that we are free to choose between a scanner, or a pat down, but they are also warning that choosing pat downs will cause delays. My bet is they will do every thing they can to get passengers to use the scanners, or make them wish they had used the scanners, and will never want to ask for a pat down again.
    The TSA is now telling us that we have the right to have another person of our choosing to be in a room during pat downs. That’s fine, but who do we find to be that person when we traveling alone? This is all about control, and make no mistake about it, “You will be controlled.”

  44. Pete says:

    The TSA needs to be subjected to the scanners and pat downs themselves as well as the pilots and flight crew and our senators and representatives just like everyone else. People should boycott the airlines as much as possible. The best approach is to do aggressive protesting. This is a violation of our human rights. We are rapidly becoming a police state. There needs to be aggressive profiling done. We need to keep people from certain countries out of our airports and out of our country. Those people will find other more aggressive ways to destroy our country other than bombing planes. The 911 attacks were only the beginning. They are planning many more deadly attacks. If our elected officials and president are not going to keep them out of our country, the American people will have to take matters into our own hands. This is war that they are waging against us! Pete

  45. Shane says:

    It is amazing that everyone can whine about the security and when something happens they want someone to be responsible.Someone patting you down or scanning your body wound’nt seem so badf if the person next to you on the plane had a bomb.Why don’t all you protester stand up for something that matters what a joke

  46. just me says:

    If you do not like body scanners, Walk through security nude and remove those dirty crusty explosive undergarments. And bend over so they can check your anus.

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