Whole Body Imaging at Airports

Today, NCTE signed on to a letter, with other organizations concerned with privacy, to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the suspension of a policy that would utilize Whole Body Imaging as the primary screening technique at airports. Additional time is needed to evaluate privacy and security concerns.

The technology allows TSA personnel to view what is under a person’s clothing; in other words, a naked body. This raises major questions about privacy, of course. NCTE is concerned about sensitivity to transgender bodies which appear on the screen as well as the fact that this policy could essentially require travelers to reveal their unclothed bodies to government employees in order to board an airplane.

The machines are currently in use in 19 airports and the primary screening method in 6 of those.

You can read about whole body imaging on the TSA website.

CNN also has a lead story about this today, with a poll (about having way down on the right side) asking, “Would you be willing to be subjected to “whole-body imaging,” which critics say performs ‘a virtual strip search’?”


2 Responses to Whole Body Imaging at Airports

  1. Véronique says:

    That sounds so invasive. I was hoping the Obama administration would undo at least some of the more extreme TSA measures, but now it’s getting worse!

  2. pe1biv says:

    This is a sort of radar scan of the body that produces an electronic image. For now, I do see it as a technology that does infringe on my privacy.A lot has changed with security on airports since last time I did fly, I think 2004, and this year will be the first time since in September-October when I will be flying from Schiphol, NL with NL also in the list of countries where the technology is used.I have no idea yet what other basically unacceptable privacy infringements I am going to encouter, but this, for now, definitely is one I’m opposed to.

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