Today I booked my wife and I’s flight to Seattle for our summer vacation. I haven’t been on a plane since shortly after 9/11. A lot of things have changed in airport security since then. I thought about those while booking our flight.
The thing I wanted to talk about today was full body scanners. Are they necessary? Here is an article I found originally here.
Twenty-five years ago if someone told you that by the year 2010 that in order to get on a plane you would have to walk through an air chamber that “sniffs” out bombs, they would have laughed at you. And rightfully so, the thought of a bomb sniffing machine can still sound outlandish, but they exist. Security devices to secure buildings, airports and even just small, temporary venues has exploded in the last decade with 9/11 pushing people to find better, easier and more accurate ways of detecting threats.
The latest in the series of science fiction turned fact machines are full body scanners. These scanners, instead of just beeping the presence of metal, actual scan and produce an image of where any item (metal or not) is and the form that it is in. They do this either by minute radio waves that only penetrate clothing but can bounce off of other items or by taking X-rays of the subject within twenty seconds of each other and making a full body image that shows foreign objects.
Potential problems with full body scans range from health concerns (there are none) all the way to invasion of privacy. More alarming of the debates, is that with the radio wave type scanner it is possible to discern a great amount of detail about the subject inside the scanner. It is thought by many that the detail, even with the software that blurs the faces subjects, will eventually lead to many lawsuits if it becomes necessary for all people to pass through these as it may at a few airports very soon. Fortunately, for now at least, you have the option of traditional security screening over the full body scanners, offering a private way to pass through.
Another thing I was thinking about when booking the flight was that, God really doesn’t need an x-ray machine or a full body scanner to be able to see what is going on inside of us. Every moment of everyday, He knows what is going on. He knows us inside and out.
So what are your thoughts readers?
Are the an invasion of privacy? Will they do more harm than good?
If God were to take you aside and look inside you, what would He find? What’s going on inside of you? Is it something great, or does it need repair?
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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