Meanwhile, the surrounding ethics are weighing in. Reports have already surfaced about TSA agents saving some images to later taunt colleagues with. Rumors continue to circulate that the negative-based scanned images can be reversed into an actual photograph, revealing the identity of the person who was scanned, complete with private revelations.
For instance, did you know that not only is genitalia graphically revealed, but also personal objects, such as sanitary napkins?
Refusal of either the scan or forced fingering can result in an $11,000 fine. The TSA, according to the Sun Sentinel of South Florida, says:
“Any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport. That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.”
However, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, Byron York, claims that airports can not only opt out of using the scanners, but also employing the feel-ups. Instead, says, York, they can hire private screening agencies.
It’s an option that many airports, and especially passengers, do not realize exists.
Still, security contractors must follow TSA security guidelines, continues York, and he quotes TSA spokesman Greg Soule:
“All commercial airports are regulated by TSA whether the actual screening is performed by the TSA officers or private companies. The TSA sets the security standards that must be followed and includes the use of enhanced pat downs and imaging technology, if installed at the airport.” (emphasis theirs)
In addition to recommending night flights, Dr. Mercola suggests taking 2 mg of astaxanthin to radically limit the ionizing-radiation damage. The thought behind that is to choose a potent, lipid-soluble, free-radical antioxidant. Mercola credits it for virtually eliminating cataract risk and macular degeneration, and helps to prevent sunburn.
Derived from a marine algae, astaxanthin should be taken in its typical 2 mg dose, says Mercola, but it’s important to start taking it for three weeks before radiation exposure. He says it will help with not only high-altitude radiation, but also airport scanners and medical CT scans.
If you choose the grope over the gape, consider the hygiene and take heed that TSA agents are not necessarily changing gloves between travelers. People worried about this aspect point to the already existing problems with bedbugs and other pests, not to mention communicable illnesses.
For more information, visit the “We Won’t Fly” website, which offers tips and ideas for travelers and updates on the anti-TSA equipment/techniques campaign.
Don’t miss Parts 2 and 3 of this series, to learn more about health risks and airport screening tips.
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