Whole body imaging takes another hit when pilot refuses, walks away
When I was going through the security line at O'Hare a few weeks ago, I noticed they had a whole body imaging machine set up. No one was going through it and I found out later that it's primarily being used as a secondary screening device. As I was going through the security line I asked one of the TSA agents if I could go through the whole body imaging machine. His response: "I've never heard of anyone request to go through it."
Well, little did he know I wasn't the average traveler when it comes to security. I put my feet in the yellow footprints painted on the floor, raised my arms and placed my hands behind my head and waited. It took about five seconds before the TSA guy said I was good to go. Anti-climactic, yes, but I was excited just the same.
But, as we all know, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, whole body imaging technology is making mainstream headlines again after an ExpressJet Airlines pilot refused to be screened by the machine. And, he refused a secondary screening in the form of a pat down and just walked away. Yep. Walked away. First of all, had I been a passenger on the plane that this man was scheduled to fly, I'd be pissed. Second of all, he's a pilot. Security is just part of the job description.
In an interview on Oct. 19, he said that security is indeed important, but there should be a better system in place to keep passengers safe - a system, he said, that does not violate a person's privacy or civil rights, according to this article.
Man, if the TSA can't get those who work for the airlines on board with this technology, they could be in real trouble with the rest of us. Well, not me, but everyone else.