Your Next Business Trip Could Come with a Full Body Scan

One reason Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab went through the security line undetected was that nobody saw the bomb in his underwear. As a result, some airports, including all Dutch airports with US-bound flights, and Chicago’s O’Hare airport, will start using full body scan machines as part of their security protocol.

Although the machines are expensive and controversial–nobody wants full-body scan pictures of themselves to end up on the Internet–the TSA is still planning to employ more scanning, or WBI, machines. At present, there are WBI machines at 19 airports in the nation.

Under current protocols, the TSA will give you a choice as to whether to walk through the machine or receive a pat down. Which would you choose, considering the WBI images below?

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Spiegel has more body scanner images.

And yes, the WBI machines do see medical devices like catheter tubes and breast implants.

  • I wonder at what point people will start considering flying an invasion of privacy and find alternative means. Those high speed rails sure seem like a long ways away though…

  • I’m not sure what I think about this. I found it on a search for hotels, as I do regularly have to go on business trips. On the one hand, if you had nothing to hide, there ought not to be a reason to decline; on the other hand, what are the medical ramifications of constant use?


  • rita keays

    I need some advice. I have a breast implant. After a bogus
    diagnosis of Breast Cancer I was insterted with a plasma
    lumen in my right breast. I also have an auidtory ear implant the kind the the Freemasons are known to use. Would
    a full body scanner detect these devices in my body??
    A trip to the local authoritites explaining my issue has
    landed me in the cities mental institution for days.
    I do not have any Mental Health Issues. I am being used as
    a human experiment. Any advice would be helpful. Thank You.