SOC/315 Cultural Diversity
December 1, 2010
Professor: Kate Murphy.
Equal Rights Proposition Outline
II. The issues:
a. Passengers have raised privacy objections to the new measures. This includes the objection to the appearances of body images as naked, when passed through the full-body x-ray machines. Passengers have also raised questions over the safety of the full-body x-ray scan machines, as well as the privacy concerns over the enhanced pat downs. III. Challenges:
a. The TSA is planning to eventually replace all magnetometers (that detect metal at airports) with full-body x-ray scan machines. The issue of privacy has been raised by passengers who were opposed to having their x-ray body images appear on screen as naked. Other objections include questions over the possibility of the machine’ capability to record and store images, as well as questions over the safety of being exposed to the machines’ radiation. Individuals are free to opt out of the full-body x-ray scan. IV. Opportunities:
a. The use of the machines and the new pat-down protocol are not new but the government has accelerated the acquisition of the machines since the failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down an aircraft over Detroit last Christmas. Those machines give us the best possible opportunity for detecting an Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab V. How society has constructed this group’s identity: a. As a society, we have reached a moment for the placing of limits. A time where the population at large is no longer willing to cash in its rights in exchange for the mental wage of perceived safety from terrorism. This holds true for airport scanners as much as for the stop-and-frisk police terror tactics underway in cities such as New York City. VI. The legal framework relating to the Transportation Security Administration is the following: