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Airport security changes a welcomed improvement by many

Jenelle Gewell | News Editor

I am no stranger to flying. With family and friends all around the country, I am more comfortable on an airplane than I am on a school bus.

Nashville Internatinal Airport began to use full body scanners, which allows passengers to get through security with a full body X-ray scan as opposed to a pat down. The two most common outcries heard about the full body scanners are lack of privacy and health issues.

Privacy? Please enlighten me as to how someone patting me on every crevice of my body counts as less invasive than someone seeing the outline of genitals.

John Pistole, TSA administrator, told US News that TSA has taken several steps to protect the privacy of passengers. He said it is TSA protocol that any TSA official who sees the passenger going through the scan will never see the image of the scan and vice versa.

Pistol also said the machines do not have the capability to store any images of the scans. So, to all my fellow worried airline passengers out there, no TSA official is going to make jokes or share the images of blue/gray X-ray shapes. To those who still find the scanners to be an invasion of privacy, I just have to say I am glad you feel that way.

Airplane security varies from regular mall or bank security drastically. If someone pulls out a gun in a bank, you have a chance to run away; if someone pulls out a gun on an airplane, you do not have a chance of escaping. In airplanes, you either land or you do not land; there is really no other option.

I am more than happy about these scanners; it makes me feel more secure that a raving lunatic is not going to bring my plane crashing to the ground.

The health nay-sayers should also be silenced. The scanners give a small dose of radiation to take the images. TSA told The Huffington Post the radiation from one scan is lower than a single dental X-ray. TSA said a passenger would have to go through the scanners more than 1,000 in one year to even meet the maximum recommended level.

These scanners are not as powerful as getting an X-ray at the dentist or the doctor. Are the same people who are crying out about radiation at the airport also going to refuse an X-ray if they have a broken bone at the doctor’s office?

Overall, I am very pleased with the new body scanners to help airport security. Allow me to get a quick snap shot of my body over a rubdown from a stranger any day. TAS

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