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Should counter-terrorism efforts include full-body scans at airports?

  • Counter-terrorism efforts should include full-body scans at airports, because those scans increase the safety of all passengers.

    Terrorism is a big threat to the United States right now, and that means the USA has to be serious about detecting and deterring it. Body scans at airports are an important part of the solution. These scans allow airport security to know for sure if a passenger is hiding anything that they should not have and, hence, everyone is safer.

    Posted by: 5h4yGust
  • Full-body scans will give another good weapon in the war on terrorism.

    The "underpants bomber" would have been caught in a full-body scan. Although I'm sure that, as fast as we roll out anti-terrorism techniques, the terrorists are thinking up new ways to thwart them, I still think that the full-body scan will deter some of the "terrorist trainees", like the "underpants bomber". The reaction of a passenger to the body scan or manual pat-down is a good clue to a well-trained TSA agent.

    Posted by: EweIICist
  • Full-body scans are a non-invasive way to increase security at airports.

    While no method is 100% effective, full-body scanners do a much better job of screening passengers than metal detectors do. The bottom line is that not all weapons are made of metal, and are easily missed by the metal detectors. The full-body scanners are more capable of detecting concealed items. Furthermore, the privacy of the passengers who use the full-body scanners is increased, with the viewer not being able to see the passenger, as well as the image, at the same time. The only way for the body scanners to be truly effective, however, is to increase their presence and make them a global standard for screening.

    Posted by: SteinBas
  • Counter-terrorism efforts should include full-body scans at airports, because there are too many evil people out there who will try anything to be destructive.

    It is so sad that the world and the evil in this world have come to this point. However, it has come to the point where it is necessary for full-body scans to be performed at airports. The people who cause destruction will not stop at anything to do so, and they can get quite creative. So, we need the full-body scans to see if we are letting any of these people through.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • Yes, if there is any evidence that body-scans deter or prevent weapons aboard passenger planes, then they are justified.

    Despite the indignation and outcry against body-scanners, I don't think they are any more invasive than manual body searches or frisking passengers. I understand there may be exceptions, but air safety takes precedence over the potential embarrassment of passengers. Of course, we need to keep developing safer procedures to fight terrorism in the air. But until we come up with something better, we need to do the best with the technology and intelligence we have.

    Posted by: Th4Fire
  • Counter-terrorism efforts should include full-body scans at airports as they are the most efficient way to ensure in flight safety.

    Full-body scans are the easiest way to ensure in flight safety. They are simple, efficient and quick. Unlike pat-down searches, they entail no touching and are effortless for the passenger. Privacy is insured as the officer who operates the scans is screened from public view. Also, most machines only provide a computer generated figure to the scanner. In the interest of efficiency and safely, everyone who flies should applaud this newest development.

    Posted by: 5h4yBrigh
  • I agree as it is one of the methods for counter terrorism.

    Yes, counter-terrorism efforts should include full-body scans at airports as it is one of the methods by which we can check infiltration of weapons and other dangerous items into the country. People nowadays carry varieties of weapons in their bodies thereby causing mass destruction and danger to humanity. By doing this we can stop the act to some extent.

    Posted by: CI3Hate
  • Full body scans are about the only way to detect certain bomb threats such as the one that just happened at Christmas

    The terrorists will always be looking for weaknesses in airline security to try to have another spectacular terrorist incident with a major loss of life. They look at what is and is not checked on passengers and they are looking for ways to get around it. There will probably be more attempts with terrorists posing as passengers with explosives hidden under their clothes, or maybe in prosthetic arms or legs. Security measures need to be put in place to detect these threats.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • Counter-terrorism efforts should include full-body scans at airports.

    As an American I feel full-body scans at airports are necessary. We should take every precaution possible to keep a terrorist attack from happening. Face it, America is the most loved and the most hated country in the world. With technology today just having metal detectors and drug dogs is not enough. Weapons can be made without metal, bombs can be made with items we all probably have in our homes and the quick pat down airport personal may or may not perform cannot catch everything. I apologize to anyone who feels violated by the scan but if it will save a life I will happily oblige.

    Posted by: w00tboycomic
  • Privacy or safety? Pick one.

    Anything that can be used to stop terrorists before are able to destroy life and property should be used to our fullest advantage. Personally, I would much rather go through a full body scan than have a dangerous person on my flight. Safety is by far a bigger priority than privacy when it comes to stopping terrorism.

    Posted by: BLeonard
  • The Government is on our side

    If the government already passed a law that says that the full body scanners are only to be used if the person didn’t pass the metal detector, it proves that the government isn’t too fond of the full body scanners either. It seems that the government is on our side of the debate. There have also been many claims that the government was planning on making another law about full body scanners.

  • The Government is on our side

    If the government already passed a law that says that the full body scanners are only to be used if the person didn’t pass the metal detector, it proves that the government isn’t too fond of the full body scanners either. It seems that the government is on our side of the debate. There have also been many claims that the government was planning on making another law about full body scanners.

  • The Government is on our side

    If the government already passed a law that says that the full body scanners are only to be used if the person didn’t pass the metal detector, it proves that the government isn’t too fond of the full body scanners either. It seems that the government is on our side of the debate. There have also been many claims that the government was planning on making another law about full body scanners.

  • It's a health risk

    Those scans cause cancer and other illnesses. No one should be forced to go through that. I understand how people are paranoid after 9/11 but this is too far. Our health should not be out in danger by that event, no matter how horrible it was. I value are security but I also value our health.

  • For a number of reasons

    They have proven to be ineffective, they are an invasion of privacy, and their long term effects on the body are still not well documented.

  • Counter-terrorism efforts should not include the involuntary use of full-body scans at U.S. airports, because they are too intrusive.

    Effective counter-terrorism efforts are needed, but using body scanning technology is an unacceptable intrusion on the reasonable expectation of a person to privacy, without any measurable benefits to the public. It is a fact that full-body scanners are very ineffective at detecting "low-density" items, like plastics, gels and liquids. To depend on BST is getting away from the idea of developing human intelligence assets at the screening level of airport security. BST should be a voluntary element of the total airport security package.

    Posted by: G4rwIsdead
  • Our current American methods of full body scanning are ineffective and laughable; we should look to other nations like Israel for a better model.

    Full body scans are not only overly intrusive, they are potentially harmful to health. The only true purpose of these scans is to make an American police state more palatable to the masses. Ask any Israeli airport security expert and they will tell you that it is pointless to try to scan every person to see if they have even the merest speck of explosives; it is much easier and less intrusive to scan for those carrying enough explosives to actually cause serious damage or complete destruction to the plane. The amounts carried by both the Shoe Bomber and the Underwear Bomber were too small to actually bring down the plane. A simple "chemical sniffer test" would be sufficient and less intrusive. The methods of the TSA simply exist to keep people afraid and compliant with the Government.

    Posted by: MagicalRodrigo30
  • Full body scans are a sign of the terrorists winning and doesn't ensure the prevention of terrorism.

    There is no way to guarantee a terrorist attack won't happen, and by enacting a huge number of laws to prevent terrorism, we are showing them that their efforts have succeeded as we lose freedoms and behave as if we are in fact terrorized. The way to combat terrorism is use intelligence and bravery. If they don't scare us, what good would terrorism be?

    Posted by: daveyxh
  • Citizens should not be subjected to full body scans because they are an invasion of privacy.

    Hysteria over terrorism should not trample upon the rights of citizens. We are already forced to subject to a physical examination or have x-rays taken at the airport. Terrorists will get by security measures or choose easier targets; such as a crowded shopping mall or a busy street. The x-rays taken by full scan machines are nude, and no one deserves to have nude pictures of themselves saved by the government or anyone else.

    Posted by: R4yCher
  • I disagree and believe we don't need the full-body scan.

    As each year past by we, the U.S., is depending more on technologies than intelligence. No matter what we do we can never stop terrorism like how we can never stop the black market. Terrorist will think of new tactics and then what? Is the U.S. going to enforce new laws and create new machines to create "safety".The full-body scan is not even 100% safe. Many scientist doubt that machine due tot eh radiations that can cause cancer. If the U.S. did really enforce every airport to have the full-body scan, doesn't that mean the airport would need lesser securities because the TSA body scanner is simply doing the job? There goes more people losing their job, like the economy doesn't have enough unemployment people. The U.S. is in a deficit right now so I wonder who is paying for the machines? The Chinese? Each cost about 150,000 and there is over 13,000 airports. What about the airflight industries? With people refusing to get a pat down or a full body scan wouldn't that create lesser people wanting to take airplanes to places unless it is really needed too? Including the United States is very sensitive when it comes to racial so travlers are randomly pick to do a full body scan. Is that how we are going to catch the terrorist right? Randomly picking people- wow. The full-body scanner takes "ghostly" pictures of the travelers, the terrorist can still put a bomb inside there body. The full-body scanner can't detect that because that machine can only scan outside of the body. There is a point of clothing! Privacy and to not let the public see. Some people say the pictures will never be leak but look at what happen in the Florida Federal Court House. In the Bill of Rights, the 4th amendment clearly says that it'll protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Where is the warrants and license to search people- state the law. Well there is a good side of the full body scanner and pat downs, anyone who wants to see naked body for free and get paid you can sign up to be a airport securities now because it is the perfect job for you!


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