By now we have all seen or heard about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) x-ray scanners in airports. If you plan on traveling and prefer not to receive the intensive full-body pat-down, you must go through the scanners in order to pass security. But regardless of all the controversy surrounding the invasion of privacy associated with these scanners, the question has been raised: can this technology be used for more consumer friendly purposes?
Some people think that not only can scanners be used, but are an ideal approach, to helping people shop for clothes and picking out their own unique, perfect sizes. Imagine the following scenario: you walk into a shopping mall, step into a TSA-style x-ray scanner, which scans your body in 20 seconds and then tells you the exact size measurements of clothes that fit your body perfectly based on different stores and brands.
You then get a printout of all of your clothing sizes based on different brands or stores and proceed to shop without ever having to try on clothing or worry about them being the wrong size. For some people, especially women, for whom clothing sizes change dramatically from one store to the next (a size 4 can be a size 8 in store A and size 10 in store B), this sounds like the perfect solution to finding the perfectly sized dresses or pants.
And it really is a great approach that would help turn shopping from a chore to a quick and easy activity, not to mention it would make shopping for clothes online simple and easy as can be. But what about the negative aspect mentioned before? The risk of invasion of privacy if and when these scanned images will get out to the public, or the risk of radiation that most of the travelers are worried about now?
Is the convenience of super-simple shopping and getting perfect-fitting clothes worth the risk of radiation-caused disease or the invasion of privacy? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.