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Yes and millimeter wave imaging technology uses harmless electromagnetic waves to detect potential threats, which are highlighted on a generic outline of a person appearing on a monitor attached to the unit. If no anomalies are detected, an “OK” appears on the screen with no outline.
While some people might complain about the inconvenience from body scanners it is necessary to achieve security and safety. TSA takes the matter of privacy very seriously and they have made sure that people’s privacy and anonymity are protected. Full body scanners are a more effective way to detect explosives.
Our 6th statement is on the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly three-thousand people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The attacks left a profound effect upon our country and set in motion a chain of events that resulted in the creation of a new federal agency designed to prevent similar attacks in the future. Driven by a desire to help our nation, tens of thousands of people joined this new agency and committed themselves to strengthening our transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. The government shifted its attention to whole-body scanners after a Christmas Day 2009 terrorism incident in which a Nigerian man flying into Detroit allegedly tried to detonate an explosive device hidden in his underwear. So would you rather be safe or sorry? Because with these full body scanners we have not had any further successful terrorist attacks since 9/11, I think we can say that it has been an excellent deterrent to terrorists.
Maurine Fanguy, of the TSA's Office of Security Technology has said it would require "thousands and thousands" of advanced imaging technology (AIT) inspections to equal "one chest X-ray" Advanced imaging technology is safe and meets national health and safety standards. In fact, the energy emitted by millimeter wave technology is 1000 times less than the international limits and guidelines. So if this is the cause for people getting cancer it would be very rare and people get more radiation from flying in a plane then going through these scanners.
Our fourth point states that experts say full-body scanners are much more effective than the metal detectors commonly in use at airports, which have no capacity to detect explosives. And they say a lot of the privacy issues have been solved.The scan itself takes less than 10 seconds and produces an image that looks similar to a charcoal outline.The system is configured with privacy software that blurs the passenger's face. At airports where similar scanners are in use, the people who view the images are in a separate room, away from the passengers, so they don't know who they're looking at.
But TSA has implemented strict measures to protect passenger privacy, which is ensured through the anonymity of the image. The computer programs were modified so that the images could not be stored, printed, saved, or transmitted (http://www.tsa.gov). Plus the people that look at the scans only see a generic outline of the human body (same for both males and females) appears on the computer screen.
Our third statement is TSA scanning has fixed many privacy issues that passengers have been concerned about. For example a generic outline of the human body (same for both males and females) appears on the computer screen. Radiation is also not a big concern either because X-rays used for medical imaging penetrate through the body whereas X-rays used in airport full body scanners have minimal interaction at the surface of the skin (Mehta & Smith-Bindman, 2011). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/
Even so if you are very worried about going through the full body scanners you do have the option to have a pat down.
Beginning in 2007, full-body scanners were installed at the nation's airports to address concerns that terrorists could smuggle explosives hidden in their clothing — or, in one infamous case, their underwear — that wouldn't be picked up by standard metal detectors.
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