The naked truth
Mar 8th 2011, 18:46 by A.B.
RAPISCAN is one of the companies that manufacture the full-body scanners being used at increasing numbers of airports around the world. The company's chief technical officer, Andreas Kotowski, spoke to us about backscatter X-ray imaging, "security theatre" and the future of airport security.
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an easy joke.
hedgefundguy - just what I was thinking. I'd be thinking about a name change if I were them.
On this web page thirteen domains want to run scripts†. For the IT paranoid who don’t want to enable these one at a time, and for those whose work computers can’t play the multimedia, please could there be a transcript. Please could there be a transcript on every page with audio.
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Kotowski is right. The name "nude scanner" bothers people, not the actual scanner itself. Furthermore, he says the idea is not to produce nude pictures, but to identify threats and weapons.
It's just another case of a "fluffed-up" story by the media to create unnecessary concern over safety scanners. I have passed through airports that have utilized the full-body scanners, and there has been no issue coming from myself, my family, nor any other passenger going through security at the same time as myself. In addition, alternatives are also offered, including same-sex inspection for further privacy.
Therefore, my point is that there really isn't anything to worry about with the so-called "nude" scans. Think of it as getting an examination from your doctor - you trust him or her to inspect your body to find disease. Similarly, passengers must trust security officials to honestly do their jobs and inspect for possible explosives or weapons.
The issue, ultimately, is what level of intrusion by security forces are we, as a people, going to allow in order to achieve a certain level of security. This pertains not just to airports, for terrorists threats can appear anywhere, at any time. Shall we allow these full body scanners at the entrance to every public building and facility, then? Shall we allow them on every street corner? Shall we treble the police force and have them check the ID papers of people in the street? Or shall we form a special Internal Security Force with wide ranging powers and little accountability?
Air traffic is the current targetted threat, and people seem willing to put up with overbearing security in order to cope with it. Who doubts that governments are keenly aware of this willingness, and will begin installing such systems elsewhere with expanded capabilities? All in the name of better security.
*That* is the real threat, and people should not be putting up with these sorts of scanners, *anywhere*.
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