Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they plan to increase the number of airport body scanners with the $1 billion from the Recovery Act funds.
This advanced imaging technology has been rather controversial because it is in a way a “virtual strip search.” The Transportation Security Administration promises blurred images and remote viewing, however, privacy advocates still believe this is an invasion of privacy.
However, the Christmas Day attack begs a different response. Would the terrorist be able to smuggle the explosives in his underwear if there were full body scanners? The answer is probably not.
In the aftermath of the event, there has been much debate over the airport body scanners. However, the number controversial body scanners will continue to grow. TSA plans to have 450 more body scanners by the end of 2010.
In the immediate future, they plan to add 11 more to U.S airports from the following list: Boston Logan International, Charlotte Douglas International, Chicago O’Hare International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Kansas City International, Los Angeles International, Mineta San Jose International, Oakland International, Port Columbus International, and San Diego International.