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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?


  1. Gravatar for Derek

    Gordon Brown Was a traitor to his country.

    In Britain if you are asked to go through one of the scanners you must comply. If you refuse you will be barred from flying and your name will be kept on a list. Guilty before you fly. You are not given the opportunity to have a pat down. The terrorists have scarred the not properly elected Prime Minister (what a joke) in to forcing civilised human beings in to getting there naked bodies photo graphed and looked at in detail by anyone who is TRAINED. Have these perverts been vetted or are they on the sex offenders list. I bet all the Trained individuals are men. A Doctor is the only other man i would willingly let look at my wife’s naked body for medical reasons not some floor cleaner who applied for a job as pervert. Looking for bombs or staring at naked woman all day. What a job to have. Not having to pay for porn but also getting paid to look at it. I spoke to a friend at an airport and he told me that the images are kept for an hour before they are deleted. Just encase something happens on the plane they can then go back and have another look at the porn. So all this “the images aren’t stored in anyway and are deleted straight away” is complete rubbish! In order for myself and family to have a nice holiday in the sun I am expected to let my wife expose herself to a complete stranger. I didn’t marry a slag. Porn stars have a choice to get photo graphed, our wife’s and children don’t. Until these Skandalis machines are destroyed I am stuck in this country for a holiday. To drive to a hot country far away with a young family is unfair on them. The dignity of our loved ones has been thrown away just because of some mud hut dwellers go boo !!! The images you see are from the back ground scatter scanners not the fully disgusting Millimetre wave scanners which revel everything your body has to show. Even down to the size of your labia. Do you think Winston Churchill would have aloud his loved ones to expose there genitals to strangers just so they could go on holiday. Get some Genitals Brown. Don’t jump on the first band wagon that they say will stop terrorists. This last attack would still of happened even if he had gone through a scanner. I served in the Army for my family and friends protection. Now my Supposed Leader is making them strip in front of anyone deemed TRAINED. Disgusting behaviour from a supposed leader of men. Bend over Britain all is lost.

    PS.funny how the shares in these machines are on the up. Some one is making a lot of money out this.

  2. Gravatar for William Eadie

    Those who are willing to give up their liberty for security deserve neither.

    That said, I wish we were devoting the same resources to scanning incoming cargo from our ports, where the threat of serious weapons (like a dirty nuke) really lies.

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