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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dunkopf, Nov 20, 2010.

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  1. Dunkopf

    Dunkopf Songster

    Sep 24, 2010
    Kiowa, Colorado
    So what does everyone think of full body scanners at the airports? I heard that they show certain items that women use at a certain time of the month. The alternative is having your privates actually touched to be sure you are not wearing explosive underwear. It seems like another payoff to politicians to me. It doesn't see inside your body cavities so a bomb could be hidden there.

    It seems like it would be more effective to train the agents to interrogate people like they do in Israel. They haven't had any incidents since the terrorist back in the 60's. At least not on planes.

    In addition to that I understand that quite a lot of luggage is not actually scanned for explosives. I was thinking that may apply to cargo jets more than passenger jets though.

    So anybody worried about someone seeing you in what amounts to your birthday suit? What about the pad thing? How embarrassing would that be? Or have somebody grope you and wonder if it's a bomb.

    Osama accomplished an awful lot on 9-11. Took away a lot of liberties and has cost us over a trillion dollars in wars.

  2. I don't care for flying anyway, but I would choose the scanner over the "groping". Personally though, I'd rather be safe than sorry. I don't know. I only flew once anyway. Went to Germany in 06. Flew out of JFK and they did nothing, on the way back from Germany, Frankfurt Airport, they made me take off my belt and jacket, and patted everything down. It was so embarassing.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Someone somewhere with a badge is getting paid big money (our money) to watch porn..... I'll drive. I could come up with some good pranks to play on those scanner people though..
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I kinda like the idea. In fact I'm trying to obtain one for my home. [​IMG]

    Sorry couldn't resist. In reality I think they are a 1000% better than worse case scenario.

    Imp- exploding then falling 50,000ft would ruin my day.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    In general, my view is that if you don't like the security measures required to fly commercially, then drive or take a bus, train, or boat. For me, the embarrassment involved is worth the convenience of air travel.
    However, I do agree that if the purpose of a full body scan is to see everything (for optimum security), and pat-downs are an option (many things could remain hidden on pat-downs...most easily in women), then the point of optimum security is lost. And if in fact the luggage is NOT scanned as well, then we've really lost the point...
    Somewhat off topic, but DH and I were talking about the body scanners today and he brought up the airport scene from Total Recall (well...those were skeletons...but still...a movie ahead of its time).
  6. Dunkopf

    Dunkopf Songster

    Sep 24, 2010
    Kiowa, Colorado
    The TSA people don't make that much. The people that make the machines make a lot on the machines. Someone said 1.6 million each. Don't know if that's accurate or not. That could be the cost for a machine and a service contract.

    It's funny you would say that about pranks Rebel. I was thinking the same thing, probably the very same thing. I don't think they would be too amused though.

    I wouldn't want to do the groping job. I bet the screen watching would be amusing. They probably have to train the people not to laugh.
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

    I actually know a TSA agent... One issue I have is that they fondle people wearing gloves but don't change gloves. If I did that as a firemen I would be put in jail. That's just not sanitary.

  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    We as Americans need to get a thicker skin and quit whinning about measures like this that insure our safety. If some of these folks who are protesting the security measures to include scanning and pat downs, they ought to go fly through other county's airports where police walk around openly with fully automatic weapons and a learing watchful eye. They will pull you aside for just looking like an Moooslum. Anyway my point being is freedom comes at a price and we Americans tire easily and forget when there isn't a major incident why we have these measures. So please just get in line, get gropped, get scanned and then get on the plane. Sheesh it ain't the end of the world for goodness sakes.

  9. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    i think tsa needs too get booted out of security. really i do. on the topic: yeah maybe those could be for good use in like prisons?
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
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