Security workers who work in the airports are using the new technology of body scanners, which is making many people uncomfortable. The airport staff wants to ensure that everything is safe, and that is due to the September 11th attacks; therefore, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) installed many new body scanners across the country. These new body scanners scan the whole body, and a photo of the person appears unclothed. Many people agree that this body scanner should always be used for all travelling people. I think that airport personnel should not be allowed to use these scanners due to religious, health, and privacy issues. Airport security workers should not use the new body scanners because of a religious issue. For example, the Muslim religion does not allow people to remove their clothes for any reason. If any Muslim person did that, he or she would not be a good Muslim anymore, so any Muslim person will not agree to go through this scanners.The process of being viewed naked in the airport is humiliating because it allows airport workers to look at people’s photos who have been made naked by the scanners.
Security personnel who work at the airport select people at random for a full body scan, and if a person who has been selected does not agree with the airport workers to go through the scanner because of religion, he or she would have to forfeit his or her ticket rather than submit to the scan. In addition, it is not an easy thing, especially for women, to show parts of their bodies to anybody except husbands. As a result, religion is a serious issue because it is a big part of people’s lives, so it is not a good idea for people to appear unclothed, even if these photos will not be saved. EPIC has filed a lawsuit to suspend the deployment of body scanners at US airports, pending an independent review. Body scanners produce detailed, three-dimensional images of individuals. Security experts have described whole body scanners as the equivalent of “a physically invasive strip-search.” The Transportation Security Administration operates the body scanner devices at airports throughout the United States. On July 2, 2010, EPIC filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay, urging the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full body scanner program.
EPIC said that the program is “unlawful, invasive, and ineffective.” EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA’s disregard of public opinion, and the impact on religious freedom. The full-body scanners are harmful for medical reasons. For instance, children who have sensitive skin from x-rays would have a medical issue from the full-body scanners because these scanners emit x-rays with millimeter-radio waves, and that does not seem safe to the layman. Thus, many people in the United States are afraid of these scanners because when people go to a hospital to get an x-ray, and the babies can be negatively affected. These effects could be destructive to the babies’ brains, resulting in the babies being mentally disabled. For those people who travel a lot due to their jobs, they should not be scanned each time they travel from one country to another.
Because these scanners emit x-rays, even travelers as young as twenty-five years of age could have destructive consequences to their bodies by having some kind of disease in the future, such as cancer. For some people, that could result in problems with their heart, causing them to end up with a surgery. Backscatter X-ray uses ionizing radiation, a known cumulative health hazard, to produce images of passengers’ bodies. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with defective DNA repair mechanisms are considered to be especially susceptible to the type of DNA damage caused by ionizing radiation. Also at high risk are those who have had, or currently have, skin cancer. Ionizing radiation’s effects are cumulative, meaning that each time you are exposed you are adding to your risk of developing cancer. Since the dosage of radiation from the backscatter X-ray machines is absorbed almost entirely by the skin and tissue directly under the skin, averaging the dose over the whole body gives an inaccurate picture of the actual harm. In their letter of concern, the UCSF faculty members noted that “the dose to the skin could be dangerously high”. The eyes are particularly susceptible to the effect of radiation, and as one study found allowing the eyes to be exposed to radiation can lead to an increased incidence of cataracts.
Thus, people should skip these scanners because of medical issues. People should not go through these scanners because of their privacy. Women do not like anybody looking at their bodies because of their human rights to privacy. I think people, especially women, feel embarrassed when they go through the scan machine because they are humiliated by other people viewing their bodies. Moreover, there is no father or mother who would allow their children to go through the scan machine because they do not like anyone to look at their children’s bodies without any clothes. Governments do not have the right to make strip searches routine and mandatory, regardless of whether the strip search is done by physical removing clothes or by using technological means to remove the clothes. The scanners also can detect other medical equipment normally hidden, such as colostomy bags and catheters.
There are also other privacy concerns coming from the transgendered community. Property Risks There are also property risks. During the time that a person is inside the full body imaging machine, it is impossible to maintain a line of sight to his or her belongings. Remember that because you cannot have anything in your pockets during the scan, this will include all your identification, money, and all personal items. Numerous thefts have been reported at security checkpoints, including incidents that led to the firing of four TSA employees at JFK as ABC News reported. Overall, full-body scanners are very invasive of passengers’ privacy. I understand that other people believe that body scanners should be used in airport. The new full-body scanner technology is to protect the people of United States since these scanners can, without any physical contact, detect weapons and other threats that could be concealed under their clothes. However, the United States guarantees the freedom of religion and for some religion that involve not taking of their clothes another reason why people support full-body scanner is that full-body scans makes terrorists attacks more difficult because they can reveal the metallic and non-metallic items, so it makes people feel safer. However, the radiation from x-rays is very harmful to a lot of people.
Finally people think that the new full-body scanners are useful because this equipment is being used to search for terrorist threats in airports across the United States. The impressments that may have from people seeing their body on the x-ray machine; although, there some of advantage for using a full-body scanner disadvantage arefargreatrs People should not go through the body scanners because of their religious preferences, medical reasons, and people’s human rights to privacy. Body scanners are the worst idea for airports. I think no one should accept the body scanner machines, even if he or she would have to forfeit their ticket. The Government should come up with some other means of ensuring passengers’’ safety.