At least, that's the pretty lofty promise offered by the headline in this New York Times piece, "A Farewell to ‘Nudity’ at Airport Checkpoints."
Of course, the TSA is still saying that there were never harmful levels of radiation emitted by the machines (a dubious claim, and also one that they never elaborate on* due to their own need for terrorist-defeatin' privacy**). But the point is more one of unreasonable search, unreasonable seizure, and the intense pressure that airline passengers face to use these machines,r egardless of their comfort levels or personal health risks.
I have been through one of these in my life, and only because I didn't know what it was. I have refused every time since, and luckily have not been forced to deal with an invasive (whoops, "enhanced") pat-down in its stead).
I'm not going to go into the myriad reasons why I hate the TSA - all that I have to say has already been documented on this blog, and in many other places (Google is your friend - try TSA, x-ray, radiation, privacy, misconduct, harrassment, or any of a million other unsavory keywords and you'll start to see why my blood pressure can't take it any longer). But if you are an air traveler, you owe it to yourself, your health, the health (including mental health, PTSD and other folks with emotional triggers), and, frankly, the principle of freedom and the 4th amendment to educate yourself on this gross overstep of the department of homeland security.
And as always, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, or any other way you wanna get in touch!
*Key quote: "Immersed in its own bureaucratic bubble of secrecy and inaccessibility, Homeland Security cites "national security" as justifying its unresponsiveness to critics."
**The irony of this statement is sure as f&*! not lost on me, don't worry.
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