11/23/2010- by Natasia Langfelder
If you had asked me in July what I thought of the TSA body scanners that show people nude on a screen, I would have said what a lot of people have been saying. “It’s not a big deal, as long as it keeps us safe.” I mean, I’ve never had problems with body image. Who cares if a grainy image of my naked body shows up on a black and white screen? But actually, I do care. I care a lot.
I’ve been through the naked body scanners twice, which is exactly half of the times I’ve flown since they have been operation. Basically, I get picked to go through once a trip. How does a 26 year old woman just happen to have a 50% rate of nude scanning? I don’t know. Maybe I imagined the male TSA guy smirking at me while he waved me into the box. Maybe the second time, when the lady TSA agent that looked like she played for my team sent me in, I imagined it too. But I know one thing, next time I fly, I’m sure I’m going to be sent through again. Why? I’m not really sure. Maybe because I don’t have a body like Susan Hallowell, director of the TSA research lab, she’s the lady in the picture that accompanies this post. See how easy it is to ridicule someone’s looks with this system? Yeah, I would kill myself if I had love handles like that. And now, thanks to the TSA, you can be judged on that sh@t everytime you fly! Thanks TSA!
I don’t want anyone to look at my nude body besides my partner. I don’t think that’s too much to ask from society. I also don’t want some lady to run her hands over my vadge when I fly, I don’t want them to make me change out of a tight skirt and into a towel so they have easier access. (Brand new travel tip: wear pants otherwise you could find yourself wearing only a towel over your panties. Want another? Don’t wear a bra with an underwire, sorry full figured ladies! You’re screwed!) I never thought that would be too much to ask either. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, maybe a lot to ask. Strangers keeping their hands off my boobs, not a lot to ask.
Women have always had a hard time in terms of being oogled and checked out. The body scanners take that to a new level. It’s invasive and gross and who knows who these TSA agents are, really. There has been an incident where a lady was made to show her breasts and then ridiculed, it won’t be the last. Then there is the problem of the body scanners showing men’s penis size. Basically, between breasts and penises, you know those agents are making fun of people. They are human too, it’s just the way we are. There is also the problem of children being patted down and looked at by god knows who. If I was a parent, I would be freaking out right now. The video of a topless child going through a security line is one of the most disturbing horrors of this new system.
The problem with the body scanners is that they aren’t going to help. Terrorists keep finding new ways to secret away weapons in places where TSA agents won’t go. The body scanners don’t detect and internal objects, so basically, a child could figure out how to play the new system. All the body scanners do is make flying an even more painful process than it already is. I’m thinking my next vacation will be a cross country road trip.