This is from back in July but still relevant as a topic of interest, though I can’t find further news items that are more recent.
“Four Brazilian airports are going to adopt, starting this month, the controversial body scanning machines. Passengers that embark on international flights in Cumbica, in Guarulhos (SP), Galeão, in Rio and in Recife and Manaus may be selected to go through the device. The objective being to stop the entrance of guns, explosives or drugs.
The superindentant of the PF in Rio, Ângelo Gioia, said the technique can be considered invasive, “but within the limit”. Legislation permits a body search when there are founded suspicions of illicit activity. This technique will be less invasive than others already in place, though compelling”, he said. “There are no excesses when it comes to security”. – Veja
First off, I’m not risking the body scanners as they may give off way more radiation than a typical x-ray. Second, I don’t care to have a revealing scanned body image saved on some gov’t database. Third, there actually are excesses when it comes to security, like intruding on my right to privacy and freedom. Fourth, the alternative is…being groped? This Wednesday is National Opt-Out Day for TSA Screenings. Join in if you’re flying.
In the meantime, let’s all party like it’s 1984…