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Friday, November 16, 2012

Five reasons in support of “National Airport Scanner Opt-Out Week”

Activist group suggests that you just opt out of airport scanning
An activist movement is encouraging individuals to opt-out of  going through airport x-ray scanners  during Thanksgiving travel. Health concerns have been raised over the use of machines.

Many United States unions have raised concern over the safety of the equipment. The European Union has in fact prohibited certain scanning machines from use due to safety reasons.

 1. They're not adequately tested and could be dangerous. Unfortunately, the scanners you'll be asked to walk through haven't been properly tested. The latest independent evaluations are actually based on data provided by the TSA. The government wants us to trust it, but it won't give us a reason. That's unacceptable.

2. They're easily foiled. It's not difficult to sneak a weapon through a full-body scanner,  according to several reports. The career criminals who might want to do us harm have figured out how to get around the scanners already.

3. They're too expensive. At a quarter of a million bucks a pop, the scanners are a huge waste of taxpayer money. To use one, or to allow one to be used on you, is is an endorsement of an iffy technology. It also lines the pockets of undeserving security contractors, say critics.

4. They probably violate your constitutional rights. Beyond the fact that they are nothing more than an overpriced visual deterrent to amateur terrorists, the TSA's scanners are constitutionally problematic. The Fourth Amendment's provisions against unreasonable searches are directly at odds with the way these scanners are deployed and used.

5. They haven't caught a single terrorist. Sure, they've netted plenty of contraband, which the TSA likes to show off weekly on its blog. But so far, not a single airborne jihadist has been caught with the scanners. Not a one.

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EU Restricts US Airport Scanners As Health Hazard
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