illions of people filter through airport security check every year. These security checks, in response to the post 9/11 and 2009 “Underwear Bomber” terrorist threats, have become increasingly burdensome to the general public due to the wide spread deployment of “enhanced screening systems.”
One of the latest innovations is the full body scanner. If you haven’t been put through one yet, you surely will in the next couple of years as they’re rolled out more and more worldwide. Researchers have already questioned whether the radiation they emit is harmful, and now they’re looking into how intrusive these machines are. The answer may surprise you.
In 2012 the Electronic Privacy Invasion Center (EPIC) sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with allegations that the new passenger screening program was unlawful, invasive, and ineffective. Scientists and researchers have echoed that sentiment, but widespread calls for their removal have so far fallen on deaf ears.