Imagine a futuristic world where security is so tight that just to take a flight you have to be scanned by a machine that can look under your clothes and give security officers a perfect look at the precise form of your naked body - including your private parts. Well, the future is now.
You might not be so eager to take that next flight after you read this.
"Body scanners" that give operators a very clear image of what is underneath your clothing have replaced metal detectors at Tulsa's airport.
We wanted to put up a picture of what these "body scans" look like, but we were hesitant because they actually do border on pornography. These body scans are the closest thing to viewing a person's naked body without actually seeing their skin.
Officials in Australia where they have installed similar machines confess that these machines DO show people's private parts.
Cheryl Johnson, the general manager of the Office of Transport Security in Australia, admitted the following about these machines: "It will show the private parts of people, but what we've decided is that we're not going to blur those out, because it severely limits the detection capabilities."
She also added this comment: "It is possible to see genitals and breasts while they're going through the machine, though."
But all in the name of "security", eh? Now to board a plane you have to subject yourself to having one or more "security" guards view the naked form of your body.
Tulsa International Airport is just the first airport where these body scanners will be tested in the United States.
San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Albuquerque and Salt Lake City will join the body scanning test in the next two months.
According to ABC News, the TSA plans to install 600 of these machines in airports across the nation this year.
Since the announcement there has basically been NO outcry by the public.
Are any of you upset by this? Have we become so dehumanized and so domesticated that we are not even upset that a bunch of "security officers" get to oggle our naked bodies before we can get on an airplane?