There has been a lot of coverage concerning the body scanners that will soon be invading OIA. There is a message that they are too invasive, show too much and possibly still not effective enough to detect certain materials that could be used for a terrorist attack; even though they might have detected the chemicals used by the Christmas day bomber. There seems to be belief, that such an invasion of someone’s private space is unnecessary and almost illegal.
We allow doctors to see us in vulnerable positions, don’t we? We wear silly robes that show too much and allow them to inspect strange marks and bumps that weren’t there before, why? To save our lives, that’s why. If we allow medical professionals to see everything, why can’t we allow security professionals to see the same thing? The purpose is the same, to preserve life.
What OIA and any other organizations need to do when communicating these machines to the public is to reiterate what is at stake. The security of ourselves and the ones we love, our children, our spouses, our parents. Do the shy skeptics really want to leave windows of opportunity open, for whack jobs like the one on Christmas Day?
I love the film “Up in the Air” with George Clooney; all his character does is fly and he can make it through security without breaking stride. Why? Because he is prepared and ready to co-operate. So, walk through the scanners and have peace of mind knowing that you just took another step to protect yourself and the lives of everyone on your flight, literally.