THE BODY SCANNERS AT THE AIRPORTS OR A POLITE TERM FOR A PEEP SHOW?

I am on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter with the residents and fellows who insist that if you have not walked Bourbon Street you have not experienced the French Quarter of New Orleans……….

While passing a café, I look into the narrow room, dimly lit inside, with blazing neon signs outside. A woman is standing on the serving counter…………..and to my horror is in the process of undressing while men sit back in the shadows and watch her emotionlessly.

Recently I had a similar experience, almost a déjà vu at a Midwestern Airport.

I have arrived at the security check point. My stuff goes through for the umpteenth time through the X rays, (since I travel a lot with the same stuff).  I advance towards the security door and The TSA guy stops me and waves me towards the total body scanner.

In the scanner is a Midwestern woman in shorts and sandals standing with her arms raised above her head the way photographers ask their models to position their arms to make the bosom taut for the sexually explicit photo.

I tell the TSA guy that I am not going through the body scanner. He calls a woman twice my height who very politely and painstakingly explains “the pat down “ process to me. She is wearing blue gloves.

She asks me why I did not want to go through the scanner. I wanted to say “because I am not an idiot to want a dose of radiation nor do I have any desire to become the object of a voyeur” But I said “I am a physician, this causes cancer and it has indecent exposure of the body’

She tries to reassure me that it is safe because of “back scatter X rays” and that “strategic parts of the anatomy are covered” from the observers.

I wonder what those “strategic parts “ may be.

 The bottom line is the use of total body scanners is indecent, they provide graphic and detailed view of the body of a woman or a man without clothes that can be watched by a bunch of strangers. In normal language it is called pornography, and I guess if a child or preteen is put through it the end result is child pornography.

What I do not understand is the mindset of the mid western woman in the scanner obediently raising her arms to get scanned to be visualized by all and sundry men and women when ever they want. What happened to decency, privacy and right to safeguard ones modesty.

Even as physicians we provide all kinds of cover to our patients when we examine them for disease. We don’t stand them in the middle of a street with a hundred people looking on while they raise their arms, circle around and have photos taken for the voyeurs behind the scene!

As for cancer the range is unlimited as one reviews the articles.

the most defensive ones that downplay the radiation dose being from the makers of the scanners.

For children it is even worse. Here is what Dr Brenner says: If there are increases in cancers as a result of irradiation of children,  they would most likely appear some decades in the future.

“I am willing to go through this to make America safe” a woman standing in front of me said once  at the airport while watching an 80 year old woman in a wheelchair being almost stripped naked to go through the security door at the airport.

People have no idea when something is being instituted to make big money for few pockets, not to make America safe but to fill some pockets with a lot of money belonging to the American people.

A good business man knows that Scanners are expensive and  airports are many and fear and paranoia is rampant.

The FDA has asked the Radiation control folks in the Government to come up with some answers to their questions……..not many answers are available except from the makers of the scanners who say “it is okay”

It may be okay but scientists say “it changes the DNA of your cells” which is another way of saying it creates cancer.

When will American women, Christian, jews, hindus and muslims stand up for their rights to modesty and their right not be used as objects to be looked at by TSA employees and whoever else passes by.

When will the TSA Employees question what will happen to them with these open scanners where all day long radiation is scattered back to them, and what about the passengers in line who receives some of the radiation from all of the others in and out of the scanner in front of them?

Is it reasonable to give a steady dose of radiation to all the TSA Employees as well as the travelers and make them sick with radiation and then claim that we are trying to keep them safe from a sudden death rather than a prolonged torturous and painful death from cancer.

I s this an intelligent way to keep a nation safe and healthy?

NOTE FOR ALL: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO GO THROUGH THE BODY SCANNER. YOU MAY HAVE TO ENDURE A “BODY PAT” WHICH SHOULD BE DONE RESPECTFULLY.

Muslim women can and should refuse to be scanned. May Allah protect us!

3 thoughts on “THE BODY SCANNERS AT THE AIRPORTS OR A POLITE TERM FOR A PEEP SHOW?

  1. Pingback: Woman Sobs at “Humiliating” TSA Pat Down « News Worldwide

  2. Walaikum asalaam wa rahmatullahe wa barakatahu,

    Fear is a great modulator of behavior. The only thing that neutralizes fear is the fear of Allah and knowing that what is bad for us is also bad for our fellow Americans of all faiths.
    This body scanner is harming every American irrespective of cast creed, race or religion. It will produce a sick population in the educated, well to do, and business people as those are the people who travel the most.
    Most muslims in this country are poor or living in the lower middle class income range, they will not get the recurrent doses of radiation as will the affluent educated class of other faiths who travel much more.
    We as muslims must voice that this is a methodology that is similar to pornography and will make Americans sick both physically and spiritually in the long run.
    This is only serving the companies that manufacture the equipment, and have won the contract for these scanners. This is not the people of The United States of America irrespective of their faith.
    It is particularly obnoxious for children and women to be “patted down” and or go through a scanner which can “show you naked”
    I dont have a solution but I know that this is stupid and harmful, and that we must speak against it.

  3. As Salaam U Alaykum,

    I haven’t had cause to travel recently, so I fortunately haven’t faced this unsavory situation. But, I have come across some very disgruntled people on other sites who are unhappy with this new policy. Unfortunately, it seems that neither option (scan or pat) is all that respectful.
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    NOTE FOR ALL: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO GO THROUGH THE BODY SCANNER. YOU MAY HAVE TO ENDURE A “BODY PAT” WHICH SHOULD BE DONE RESPECTFULLY.
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    If you go through the body scan, you have to deal with the issues discussed in your post. But based on other people’s accounts, the pat-down isn’t always all that ‘respectful’. Even the private parts are physically ‘touched’ and it seems that on many occasions, the pat-down is deliberately made intrusive and ‘disrespectful’, to dissuade others from refusing full body scans and also to ‘punish’/’humiliate the scan refusing traveler for their refusal. So, on the one hand – either you get radiation, a full body image and even though ‘they’ claim that the images are not stored, we are supposed to take them on their word (what if an unscrupulous employee does store the image or take a snapshot with a mobile camera?) – On the other hand, you have a pat-down where respect isn’t always maintained and a disturbing fondling/molestation experience ensues. It seems like a lose-lose situation, the only decision being which of the two tortures is less worse. Even children are patted down, though different search policies/practices have been evolved for them following some outcry over various incidents. Mind you, I am not talking from first hand experience, so my assertions might be flawed, but based on people’s accounts this seems to be the sad reality.

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