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#1 7 years ago

Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used at U.S. Airports: Scientific American

Apparently banned in Europe. Thoughts?

I think it's a good move. Aerospaceweb.org | Ask Us - Commercial Airline Bombing History

tl;dr version: 2,783 people since 1933 (out of billions of (not exclusive) passengers) have been killed in airline bombings. Being bombed is of zero concern to me. There is no reason to even worry about it.

Very very few people would would get cancer from it, they are subjected to more radiation during the flight than the scanner would give. [too lazy to look up citation, beg if you really want one]

I don't think there is a safety aspect to it at all.




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#2 7 years ago

I don't recall much people here raising issues with these things in the United States with safety so much as 'privacy' and other problems with the already intrusive (and rather pain in the ass) Homeland Security has made airports to go through. It's not so bad domestically but for obvious reasons when you try to fly internationally in either direction it's really a headache.




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#3 7 years ago

I had to go through one on a domestic flight (granted, it was to Washington, DC), I was not pleased. The whole thing felt utterly illiberal, especially when they tell you to spread your legs and raise your arms in the air like a criminal. I will avoid it if at all possible in the future. Glad Europe has banned them, whatever the reason.


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#4 7 years ago

MercZ, apparently some people are worried about the whole Xray thing, even though it's far less than the amount you would be exposed to on the flight. Anyway, I'm glad to see it banned to. I'm tired of always being assumed guilty here in the states.




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#5 7 years ago
Red Menace;5586209I had to go through one on a domestic flight (granted, it was to Washington, DC), I was not pleased. The whole thing felt utterly illiberal, especially when they tell you to spread your legs and raise your arms in the air like a criminal. I will avoid it if at all possible in the future. Glad Europe has banned them, whatever the reason.

I just went through one too. I was surprised since I had never been through one before. I wish I had known so I could've gotten a little bit bigger. I want to be at my best, you know? Seriously though, I definitely agree with you on the pose, it's the classic 'put your hands up!' pose. Also it's weird to think of being looked at by strangers...I don't know, what are you going to do in a world where idiots are willing to strap bombs on their genitalia?