The millimeter-wave scan machine took an image of my body under all my clothes and then gave it a tin-like patina. The picture makes one look avatar-like, with every hill and valley in full view. The image was then viewed by a security officer 'in a remote location and a windowless booth,' so the agent couldn't match a face to a body, according to Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the [Transportation Security Administration].
You can see the image here.
I've been "selected" for similar screenings in the past, and I had no idea I was agreeing to a strip search. Not only is the idea of appearing naked in front of a government bureaucrat repulsive, but I also worry about the amount of X-rays these machines emit and how carcinogenic they may be, attacking unknowing travelers.
Not that anybody in possession of his or her faculties expects honesty or disclosure from the Bush administration.
But clearly, if people are going to be scanned "naked" and permeated with high levels of X-rays, they should be told so in advance. This is truly outrageous.
By Bonnie Erbe