TSA at CVG debuts full-body scanners

The security theater of the Transportation Safety Administration just got a brand new prop — I mean, implemented a new security measure — at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. CVG rolled out the first batch of its full-body scanners March 31.

The scanners, which use X-rays to detect hidden objects without physical contact, have come under fire because the image created by the X-rays is that of a nearly naked passenger with a blurred face.

Full-body scanners leave behind a nearly nude image of the passenger. | Google Images

Full-body scanners leave behind a nearly nude image of the passenger. | Google Images

Passengers can decline a body scan, but they will be subject to pat-downs and possibly other searches.

Luckily, when I was recently flying out of CVG, the body scanners were not yet in place, but TSA workers were already implementing procedures for using the scanners, like taking off belts.

Implementing the scanners is just implementing a new hassle on travelers. They are an invasion of privacy and will likely not make air travel any safer. All of these security measures — like removing shoes and placing liquids in a quart-size bag — are reactive and someone dead-set on doing harm will find a way around them. Security is usually two steps behind terrorists.

Not to mention, a pat-down limits where a TSA agent can touch an individual and the scanners cannot see inside of someone.

Body scanners can also create even more issues for transgender people when undergoing airport security:

Whole body imaging scanners produce a three-dimensional image of the passenger’s nude body, including breasts, genitals, buttocks, prosthetics, binding materials and any objects on the person’s body, in an attempt to identify contraband. These scanners may out transgender people to TSA staff and potentially subject transgender people to further screening at the airports.

My personal experience with airport security makes me feel more hassled than safe. When I was flying over the weekend, I took off my boots to put them through the X-ray machine and stopped to adjust my socks before walking through the metal detector.

A TSA agent asked me what I was putting in my sock and I explained that I was just adjusting it after removing my boots. The agent let me through, no further questions asked. While I was happy she didn’t make me go through additional screening, if she really thought I was hiding something in my socks, she should have at least made me take them off.

I have very little faith in the TSA. The only thing it could secure is an annoying start to my flight.

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10 thoughts on “TSA at CVG debuts full-body scanners

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  2. As a long time pacemaker user I will require medical evidence that they are safe before I subject myself to this proceedure. Where are the studies showing this things are safe? did not the authorities say thalidomide was safe?

    Unfortunately there is a poor understanding of the the new scanners, which I must admit was expected.

    “There are two types of scanners we will have to endure at the airport; the millimeter-wave scanner and the ‘backscatter’ X-ray scanner. Both emit ‘high-energy’ radiation and are dangerous.

    Body scanners have revolutionized the practice of medicine and has saved many lives, but we must question the government’s mandate to have people endure high-energy radiation in a non-life-threatening situation. We must protest the use of full-body scanners on children and young adults as they are at greater-risk of developing brain tumors and cancer from these machines. Cancer and tumors especially in the young will likely increase as more body scanners are being installed on a nationwide scale. There is just no “safe” dose of radiation, 50% of America’s cancers are radiation-induced.
    People with medical implants such as pace-makers should also avoid electromagnetic pulse generating body scanners as they can significantly alter the waveform of the pacemaker pulse.

    The millimeter wave scanners emit a wavelength of ten to one millimeter called a millimeter wave, these waves are considered Extremely High Frequency (EHF), the highest radio frequency wave produced. EHF runs a range of frequencies from 30 to 300 gigahertz, they are also abbreviated mmW. These waves are also known as tetrahertz (THz) radiation. The force generated from tetrahertz waves is small but the waves can ‘unzip’ or tear apart double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the DNA that could interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.

    Clothing and organic materials are translucent in most millimeter-wave bands. Perfect for detecting metal objects on subjects at airports, but not so great at picking up low-density materials such as plastic, chemicals or liquid which were some of the items used by the underwear bomber.”

    My question is, Will the full body scanner effect my pacemaker in any way?

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  4. Do you know what else stunts a childs growth, and can effect the lives of thousands…..a fuckn bomb in an airplane. get over it. dont use it. get the pat down. They gave me the option. I also gave them the goat.

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