Don’t Touch My Junk

If you’ve been reading the papers for any length of time, you’ve seen the reports on the new TSA body scanners. You’ve most likely seen the “Don’t Touch My Junk” video that’s making its round on the Internet. After refusing to be screened by the new TSA body scanners, John Tyner made the statement that if a TSA agent “touched his junk” he would have him arrested. This prompted the agent to call his supervisor with the final result that Tyner did not make his flight and now might face a substantial fine.

Many opponents of the new scanners say that radiation is concentrated on the skin instead of being dispersed throughout the body and point to the fact that there are no long-term studies on the effects of the machine. In fact, a National Opt-Out day is planned for the day before Thanksgiving (a typical high-traffic day). In addition, the pat-downs have been called extremely invasive. Some groups point out that women who have been assaulted might have real issues with the pat-down, yet might not want to risk the radiation in the body scanner.

Proponents say tougher screenings are important for security and point to the Underwear Bomber and 9/11 as examples. They say that not all devices could be found with the body wands, and it is important to be thorough. So, where do you stand on this issue?


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