Airport security body scanners, the ones that take an x-ray-like naked image of your body, have brought up a heated debate between the people that say these scanners are an invasion of privacy and the people that say this invasion is justified by the enhanced security. However, the debate can finally end as both sides will get exactly what they want: an airport security scanner that doesn’t reveal a naked image of a passenger but is just as effective as before.

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Seeing as the current method of airport security screening is effective at the price of being a time-consuming hassle for travelers, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is looking into a way to modernize the security checkpoint. But how can they speed up this screening process while simultaneously ensuring its effectiveness? The IATA will attempt to screen people as individuals as opposed to just random travelers; meaning, it matters more who they are as opposed to what they are carrying or whether or not they take off their shoes.

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Flying these days is akin to being treated like a common criminal, with intensive body pat downs, full body scans, or $10,000 fines and the boot if both are refused (which isn’t as well-advertised or talked about). In short, passengers are getting fed up with the way they’re being treated. And it seems like the Transportation Security Administration is taking notice as they are now weighing the pros and cons of creating security exceptions for some fliers, giving them the ability to skip the scans and pat downs altogether.

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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?

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In the past few years, surveillance and other technological advances within airports have drastically increased security, while simultaneously inconveniencing almost every run-of-the-mill passenger. New Wi-Fi tracking systems, while a potential harbinger of an overstep in personal privacy, could actually prove beneficial to the average traveler.

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Whether we like them or not, and whether they impose upon our personal privacy, TSA body scanners are effective in preventing people from sneaking explosives and weapons onto airplanes. A recent TSA experiment, however, has proven that regardless of their effectiveness, the scanners are useless if operated by the inattentive or incompetent; which happens more often than you’d expect.

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Airport security workers and the TSA are constantly hard at work combatting terrorism and other threats to national security (occasionally at the expense of personal privacy). Sometimes, however, their judgment is a bit questional. When Ken Lloyd and his wife were passing through airport security, an alarm went off. They were pulled aside where their possessions were inspected. Turns out the Lloyds were trying to smuggle a weapon past security.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is usually given media attention for its intensive screening practices and controversial body scanners at airport check-in stations. But this is the first time we’ve actually heard about TSA agents going undercover and trying to find out just how easy it really is to bypass security.

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Airport Security Lines

This holiday season, more and more people have expressed disapproval towards the Transportation Security Administration’s increasingly invasive body scanning procedures. Investigations have shown that x-ray images the TSA claims to be instantly deleted upon inspection have been found to be saved, and in some cases, leaked to the public. In the face of this public outcry, questions have been raised as to what the US government can do to ensure safety without invading privacy.

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