Should the TSA Rely Upon Full-Body Scanners?

Proponents say the technology is the best we’ve got; opponents beg to differ, citing privacy concerns.


To the technology’s proponents, it’s clear-cut: Terrorism is the ultimate invasion of privacy. Travelers’ rights groups argue that the issue isn’t so simple, adding that a better, cheaper alternative is one bomb-sniffing dog away. Are full-body scanners the way to go?
Edited by Steve St. Angelo


By James Jay Carafano
Senior research fellow for national and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation

Rahm Emanuel said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." And it seems a lot of people in Washington take that mantra seriously. Witness the ferocious debate over the use of full-body scanners in the wake of the Christmas crotch-bomber episode.

The scanning technologies basically allow airport security to look through your clothes to see if anything is hidden...


By Kate Hanni
director of,
a nonprofit group that represents airline travelers

On December 25, when the media reported on Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab's alleged attempt to detonate an explosive device aboard an airliner bound for Detroit, images of 9/11 were once again conjured up in the minds of Americans across the country. More significant was the national groan from millions of air travelers who anxiously anticipated the next wave of invasive and ineffective security procedures...


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