Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's Not the "Privacy", It's the Hassle

Looks like I will be avoiding flights connecting in Amsterdam: Dutch to use full body scanners for US flights

Since I have the body of a Roman god, I really don't mind if some Dutch hottie (or dude) scans me. The problem is this is an individual system. Imagine the time, the lines, the hassle, the idiots in front of you who take extra time because they are clueless (like the baggage line), and the extra hours needed at the the airport to go through this system.

I wouldn't mind extra screening procedures if they had a reasonable chance to catch terrorists, but the fact of the matter is they don't - and they won't start catching terrorists until they start profiling.

Until then it will just be more and more hassles for travelers, raising the bar even higher for scheduling a business trip. Maybe the "Total Recall" scanner where you just walk through without slowing down will be invented, but that is a ways off. Until then I will be trying to travel less.

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