FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
They see everything… I mean everything. But apparently that's okay with folks since that failed Christmas bombing plot... where a Muslim extremist tried to blow up an airplane bound for Detroit.
A majority of Americans say they're willing to submit to screening at airports using full-body scanners.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows 79-percent of those polled say U.S. airports should use the technology...
72-percent say they would not be concerned about airport security using a full-body scanner on them... 82-percent say they would prefer the full-body scanner to a pat-down by a security guard.
Also - the survey shows only 18-percent of those polled believe full-body scanners pose health risks...
There is some debate out there about the safety of the technology meant to detect bombs or weapons under passengers' clothing.
These scanning machines deliver small doses of radiation - equal to about one-percent or less of the radiation in a dental X-Ray - to millions of travelers. Radiation experts say it's such a small amount that the risk to individuals is next to nothing... but some expect the technology to result in a few additional cancer deaths.
Health question aside, more focus has been on the privacy issues.The ACLU says full body scans amount to a "virtual strip search."
The Obama administration says it plans to put hundreds more of these machines in U.S. airports and is urging other countries around the world to do the same.
Here’s my question to you: Are machines that can "look under your clothes" the answer to airport security?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Whatever Israel is doing regarding airline security is what the United States should be doing. Doesn't matter if it's racial profiling or strip searches. Just get it done.
Zoe from Kansas writes:
I don't give a darn about "privacy" but the whole issue is crazy. Al Qaeda must be having a real good laugh at us scurrying around like chickens with our heads cut off – over a threat that didn't even work. The facts are: there is no ultimate protection, and our whole system is flawed to the core.
Linda from Arizona writes:
Putting aside the obvious invasion of privacy, there is no "safe level" of radiation. X-ray radiation is cumulative. At some point, if you get enough, you will develop cancer. Does anyone really believe these lying clowns when they say it's "safe"? They completely blew it with the undie-bomber, and now they want to irradiate and humiliate the poor people who are unfortunate enough to have to fly… I will never fly again, and they can put that in their full-body scanners and smoke it.
Mike from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that the people complaining about Obama being a Big Government Marxist will be the ones who are ok with Big Government strip searching all private citizens in the name of the collective good.
Jason from Oklahoma writes:
I am so uncomfortable with the privacy violations that these machines pose that I will not fly through an airport that uses them. If all airports put them into use, then I guess I'll have to learn to start loving trains and ships.
Andrew from Wilson, North Carolina writes:
I don't have any body parts that are different from anyone else. If this technology keeps said body parts from blowing up 30,000 feet over Kansas, I'm all for it.