The news that the Transportation Security Administration is swapping out the invasive body x-ray scanners with other equipment is good news indeed.
Setting aside the debate over whether the levels of radiation to produce x-rays is a health risk, the images created were truly invasive to personal privacy. We went out of our way to look for TSA lines where only magnomitors were in use in order to avoid the x-ray body invaders and as often as not requested a pat down if only the body invader was in use.
Europe has long used machines that produce stick figures of the person going through the machine, and little round dots to highlight areas that required pat downs. We had no issue with these machines.
The stick figure machines will reduce the number of invasive pat downs as well. Hopefully this will speed the entire security process.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLqZknQ6GcQ&w=560&h=315]
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