Monday, August 28, 2006

Naked passengers at Heathrow and more illegal searches of passengers

Passengers at Heathrow Airport have recently been subject to more state intrusion into their private lives, and even more illegally conducted searches of their person.

Passenegers have probably been unaware, but the x-ray machines which they are being herded through are actually capable of producing images of the subjects naked body, with detail such that the gender of the subject is obvious.

"I was quite shocked by what I saw," said Gary Cook, "I felt a bit embarrassed looking at the image."

A female passenger, who did not want to be named, said: “It was really horrible. It doesn’t leave much to the imagination because you’re virtually naked."

In America, Susan Hallowell, director of the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security laboratory, showed off her own x-ray image to demonstrate the technology to reporters.

"It basically makes you look fat and naked, but you see all this stuff" said Hallowell.

Passengers are apparently picked 'at random', although recent statistics would point to being of Asian origin, and sporting a beard being sufficient evidence of randomness to warrant being picked.

Quite illegally, and shockingly, those passengers who decline to have their persons intruded upon in such a fashion are then subject to an involuntary search of their person, even if they choose to decline to proceed further in their travels.

Interestingly enough, the TSA has decided not to deploy the device at American airports until manufacturers can develop an electronic means of masking sensitive body parts.


Anonymous Magz said...

You are very strange to be commenting on my mindless, boring blog. Nice articles though, my politics teacher seems to be poised against the state as well.

Tue Aug 29, 08:57:00 pm GMT  

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