Kiramakora From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 552 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2743 times:
Quoting Peh (Thread starter): This amounts to a virtual strip-search before every flight! Surely there are legitimate privacy concerns. Is anyone airing them in the US?
Sure its a gross invasion of privacy. However, as long as they continue offering the pat-down, the consumer has a choice right? Then, I do not see this as an issue unless this becomes the norm. Hopefully, this will stay as only applicable to those selected for secondary screening.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5799 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Having seen the images of both sexes that this machine produces, I say ho-hum. The images are about as prurient as a medical text and much less interesting. If the machine speeds security checks, who cares?
I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5481 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Having been patted down a couple of times, back when there were random screenings at the gate, I would rather have the backscatter as the norm, instead of the magnatometer and a possible pat down.
With the backscatter, you don't have to take your shoes and coat off. For every road warrior that knows how to "strip" before getting to the x-ray machines and metal detectors, there are the infrequent flyers that wait until the last minute.
Then, there are the airports where the TSA people want to see your ID and boarding pass, after you go throught the metal detector. They get quite irritated, when you need to pull them out of them out of a coat that is coming out of the x-ray machine.
For me, I usually fly with my family, which means having a 3-year old with a car seat. To take off my shoes, my blazer, and overcoat (if traveling during the winter), and to have to take off my son's coat and shoes, plus deal with the car seat, is an absolute pain.
My only saving grace is that I have lifetime Gold status on AA, so I can go through the first-class security line, which means far fewer people waiting.