In this article "Airport Screeners Could See X-rated X-ray's" Joe Sharkey tells us a little bit about a new airline security program. Sharkey advertizes that airlines are trying to bring in X-ray units that will be able to look beyond clothing, to the outline of bare skin. This precaution is becoming effective because technology is getting more advanced. Since metal detectors can’t be as reliable as we once thought, serious measures need to be demanded. However, scientists have discovered the previous precautions of metal detectors are irrelevant due to liquid hazard that they cannot detect. This article even says, “it found that federal airport screeners using metal-detecting magnetometers did a miserable job identifying weapons concealed in carryon bags or on the bodies of undercover agents.” If airlines can’t find undercover agents hazardous weapons, what makes people think airlines should be trusted to discover hazards from terroristic attacks.
This article is important because it discusses the public health, and safety. Of course airline security strives to be safe and have strict policy. On the other hand we have people who believe this extent of security is an invasion of privacy. By going about these precautions, we could be disrespecting people’s values, or possibly religion. This decision is very skeptical, there is much balance on either side to become an “even trade” per say.
This article was written in 2005, at the time this topic was very relevant due to the dreadful tragedy of 9-11. In the after math of 9-11 people became unsure of their safety, and quit flying. Airlines saw a 30% drop in flight activity. The airline business was also negative in thousands of dollars due to the cost of delayed airlines. The only thing to do was advance security. When going public with the idea of this X-ray, many people spoke out about their privacy being invaded, and also their loved ones. America has many laws prohibiting the nude body to even be seen, so...
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