If I want people to see naked pictures of me, that's what I have the Internet for.....not that I want people to see naked pictures of me...er....seriously.....for real....never mind about that one time in college.
or am I?
Anyway, this seems like an incredibly bad idea to me. Performing cyber strip searches of airline passengers is not the solution for making our airlines secure.
Besides the ick factor involved, it is a very real threat to our reasonable right to privacy.
"Ha!" you might say, "There is no such thing as a right to privacy!"
"Ha!" I would say,"You're wrong!"
Take, for instance, yours truly. I have a right to privacy with regards to any medical conditions I have. I know this because I am forever filling out forms at every doctor's office I visit with regards to federal laws about my right to privacy.
"Well, that's different," you might say.
Again, I would say,"Wrong!"
You see, I wear/use a silicon based prosthesis. Under normal security measures this would arouse no attention. It is beneath my clothing and looks perfectly convincing. I have no fears of being pulled aside in a security line and being questioned about whether my body is authentically me.
However, consider the possibility that I had to walk through one of these machines. All of sudden security workers might be wondering exactly what this strange formation under my clothing is. Is it a bomb? Tear gas? A sack full of cocaine?
Suddenly I'm pulled out of line, forced to remove my clothing to satisfy the questioning of security officers, who no doubt might feel badly about assuming the worst, but who would also be privy to information about medical conditions I have had in the past.
We assume that as long as no one has anything to hide, then there is no reason to object. When everyone is clothed it is very easy to forget that there are all sorts of things under our clothing which are none of the government's business.
Think of people who may have ostomy bags because of having had part of their colon removed. Think of people who may wear Depends because they are suffering from incontinence. Think of men who may have had testicular cancer and had one or both of their testicles removed.
I'm not trying to gross people out, but these are very real, possibly embarrassing issues which private citizens shouldn't have to worry about simply so they can board a plane.
Bob, in security, doesn't have the right to probe into my, or anybody else's, personal issues or conditions.
Let's keep it that way!