"Size of Package" Joke After Full Body Scan Leads To Arrest
Brett EmisonMay 21, 2010 10:30 AM
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It turns out size does matter.
NBC Miami reported that a TSA worker was arrested for aggravated battery after attacking a colleague who made fun of his "small package" after using one the new high-tech security scanners during a recent training session (mugshot included in the original story).
Sources say [the TSA worker] stepped into the machine during the training session and became embarrassed and angry when a supervisor started cracking jokes about his manhood, made visible by the new machine.
The attack may be the first piece of proof that the new scanners may be leaving too little to the imagination.
The $170,000 machines, which were introduced last year, took some heat from fliers who weren't quite ready to show their bod to government employees.
Jane Akre with the Injury Board National News Desk has written several times about privacy concerns regarding the new full body scanners being implemented at airports around the world.
Two Women Refuse Full-Body Scans, Coming Soon To An Airport Near You by Jane Akre
Body Scans Can Store, Send Images Privacy Group Says by Jane Akre
Privacy concerns are so strong that security agents in Great Britain have been prohibited from using the scanners on children under the age of 18 over fears the high tech scanners may violate child pornography laws.
Privacy advocates have denounced the machines for generating images so graphic they are tantamount to "virtual strip-searching." In addition to advocating for the protection of travelers under age 18, campaigners have demanded that safeguards are put into place to "ensure that images from the £80,000 scanners, including those of celebrities, do not end up on the internet."
Do you have concerns about these new scanners? Would you submit to being scanned at the airport?