If you hate the full-body scanners at airport security, you probably THINK the alternative is worse: The TSA says 99% of airline passengers choose the scan instead of getting fondled. But here are five reasons to rethink that . . .
#1.) They haven't been tested enough. What the government calls "independent" reports are actually based on data provided by the TSA. That might be better than data provided by the manufacturers, but not by much.
#2.) They're easy to fool. A guy named Jon Corbett posted a video earlier this year that showed how you could sew a metal case to the inside of your shirt, hanging on the side of your body, and it wouldn't get caught by the scanners. The image of the case blended into the black background of the scanning image. And of course the video went viral, so now everyone knows how to do it.
#3.) They're way too expensive, and YOU'RE paying for it. They cost $250,000 each. Right now there are about 800 machines being used in the U.S., so the government has already spent $200 MILLION on machines that don't work as well as a hand-held metal detector.
#4.) They're probably unconstitutional. This is something for the Supreme Court to decide. But the plain language of the Fourth Amendment DOES seem to outlaw that kind of search.
#5.) They still haven't caught any terrorists. Not a single one. Lots of banned items, sure. But the TSA has admitted on record that no one has been arrested on any terrorism-related charge because they were caught by a full-body scanner. When you refuse to go through the scanners, you don't ALWAYS get the full pat-down from an agent. So refusing might actually be the best option for protecting your privacy in the long term.