Archive for December 13th, 2010

Protests against naked body scanners

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Anyone who flew internationally lately (especially in/to the US), has been faced with the latest attempt of governments trying to get people out of airplanes (and in the US; into trains, highspeed rail is the meme!) by forcing you to go through full body scanners (aka naked body scanners).

These scanners use high-frequency radio waves to produce an image of a passengers naked body beneath clothes. Anything a passenger is carrying against the body — weapons, drugs or explosives — would be exposed. The scanners would also reveal the presence of prosthetic devices and breast implants.

Well…there already have been privacy and legal concerns raised about the invasive equipment, PARTICULARLY because it is unclear if the scanners would be able to detect explosives hidden in body cavities and would therefore likely provide only minimal security…it’s all a scam…(although many would not mind any ‘naked’ pics of some celebs floating around the net, ah? 😉 )

More and more people are opposing, last November 24 was National Opt-Out Day in the US (you opt-out for the naked body scanner and get a full pat down in return, uhhh…) and members of the Pirate Party in Germany earlier organized a flashmob where people stripped down to their skivvies and converged on the Berlin-Tegal airport. Nice one! 😉