Just what New Yorkers need: Another thing to complain about. In recent weeks we’ve had MTA assholes, stinkbugs, gnomes with Tumblrs, and now? Attention, New Yorkers: Full-body scanners have now been placed in the American Airlines terminal of JFK airport.
Enforced with more powerful X-ray technology than prior machines, the new scanners give screeners clearer images of objects beneath the clothing. And while airport officials describe the images as “non-explicit,” we’re not so sure after seeing the pictures:
Note that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to be scanned herself. Which apparently you can’t actually do if you want to get on a flight.
I had my own run-in with these machines at Indianapolis International Airport a few weeks ago. A short conversation with the scanner who was conducting the procedure went something like this:
Me: So… can you really see me naked on this thing?
Scanner: Well… I mean… yeah.
While authorities say the images are secured by a select screener in a room outside the terminal, having nearly naked photos in any kind of circulation, regardless, somehow still seems like sending a raunchy, self-taken photo into the text abyss. Let’s hope that the scanners actually do the job. Otherwise that’s just gratuitous.