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Naked at the Airport

Great so though I’m covered head to toe in all but a burqa, the security dudes at the airport (will soon) get to see me naked anyway?

Yeah, yeah, terrorism, I hear you, but I’m feeling quite the little prude right now. I’m not sure what’s worse, that those dudes (and dudettes) get to check me out (even if they are in another room reviewing the scans) or that they get to check out the little kids waiting in line behind me, too. Soooo many ways this could go wrong.

Wherever you stand on the new and improved scans that give Superman’s X-ray vision a run for his money, “European rabbis [are] worried over body scans”. They’re certainly not alone.

Related: “How Modern Airport Security May Run Afoul of Jewish Law”

5 thoughts on “Naked at the Airport

  1. What amazes me is that nobody seems concerned about the health risk of this scan! I fly pretty regularly, as do a lot of people. I'm also pretty careful about my health. Why hasn't anyone from any news source questioned the radiation from these things? And what if you're pregnant? Scientists used to swear up and down that cell phones don't give off any considerable radiation, but in the past 2 years, they've had to eat those claims big time.


  2. So, I'm not Orthodox, but I do have certain thoughts regarding modesty. Showing off my flesh is not what I do! I agree, these scanners are disturbing.



  3. While I hear your concerns over radiation, I think that the exposure would be more or less minimal and I think that security overrides the concern for modesty here, as this is a pikuah nefesh issue (do you want to be blown up by an underwear bomber, chas ve shalom, when we can use technology to defend ourselves against terrorism)? For me, I will sacrifice my tznius for my safety and the safety of everyone flying.


  4. Aliza,

    With all due respect, I don't think it is going to matter all that much if the operators look at a full-body scan–the issue is FINDING THE BOMBS. The operators have better things to do than to leer at X-rays. Pat-downs aren't going to do it. I am all for this if we can get away from the ineffective way things are done now.


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