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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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 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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