For my first blog of the new decade I thought I would fix on the issue of security and the body scanner debate. So I am going to dive into the fray on this one.
There is quite simply the implied consent rule.
We do everything around this every day. As far as air travel is concerned we explicitly believe that we are being protected - in the same way that we believe that police are responsible for law and order. The issue is not whether you like this situation or whether you approve of the police - you accept their role or accept the consequences.
To this end - we really have little choice other than to accept that the best possible solution is being utilized for our safety when we are traveling. This relates to not only air travel but indeed any form of public transportation can be so governed.
In my humble mind there is no conflict with privacy or profiling of individuals and indeed (almost) any other tool that will ensure our safety while flying.
Refusing the use of Whole Body Scanners on the grounds of privacy is frankly ludicrous. You accept that you have no privacy when you walk into say a Doctor's office and the nurse examines you with our without your clothing.
To simply discard this imperfect but the best we currently have technology on the grounds of some possible misuse of privacy makes no sense at all to me. Ensuring the proper use of the technology and preventing unauthorized use of the technology for nefarious ends (which is the reason the current nominee for the head of the TSA should stand down - read the Washington Post )is clearly something that can and should be managed.
So are you clear on the subject?