Some ideas should never see the light of day. Full Body scanners are one of them. Remember this SNL skit on Bad Idea Jeans? (R.I.P. Phil Hartmann)
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For privacy concerns, the full body scanner is the Bad Idea jeans of 2010. I was talking to my father about traveling and we both came to the conclusion that my children will never know the amount of freedom that we had pre-9/11. I can remember making a flight when I was living in St. Paul leaving my house 40 minutes before the flight was scheduled to take off. I made the flight easily and had time to ponder a snack before getting on the plane. Those days of ease and freedom are clearly over and we have the terrorists to thank. Our way of life has been irreparably changed.
Now, with the scanners, TSA agent Rolando Negrin finally had enough.
Airport security guard attacks colleague over ‘manhood’ jokes after walking through hi-tech body scanner
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:18 PM on 7th May 2010
Breaking point: Rolando Negrin is accused of assaulting a colleague after enduring relentless jokes about how his manhood looked an an X-ray scanner
An airport security guard allegedly battered a colleague who ridiculed him about the size of his manhood after he walked through a hi-tech body scanner.
Miami-Dade Police say Rolando Negrin snapped because he ‘couldn’t take the jokes anymore’.
During a training session at Miami International Airport, Negrin’s co-workers had noticed his private parts as he walked through a new ‘whole body image’ machine.
The technology – designed to boost security at airports – shows extremely revealing images.
Over the next few days, 44-year-old Negrin was relentlessly ridiculed and lost his temper on May 4, it is claimed.
Maybe it was shrinkage, because he had been in the pool
but, you should never feel the need to fight over that, but the proof was in the pudding. Most people will never know, but with these scanners, you can’t hide anymore. Plus, what was the supervisor looking at? I will let Riley Freeman give my response to that.
Police said Negrin confronted fellow screener Hugo Osorno in an airport car park and repeatedly beat him with a police baton while demanding an apology.
That is gansta. That is some scarface type of street justice that was doled out on Hugo. I guarantee that he will act right from now on.
The Miami incident echoes that of a similar case at Heathrow in March, where an airport worker was disciplined after ‘ogling’ a female colleague who had walked through one of the controversial scanners.
John Laker, 25, was given an official warning over sexual harassment by Heathrow operator BAA.
A police arrest report into the Miami incident said: ‘The X-ray revealed [Negrin’s genitals] and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis.
‘They say that Negrin confronted Osorno in an airport parking lot after their shift.
Negrin wanted to ‘resolve a problem’, and get Osorno, 34, to ‘finally respect him’, said the report.
He allegedly pulled out a police baton and repeatedly struck Osorno while demanding an apology.
Witnesses told police that Negrin yelled, in Spanish: ‘Get on your knees or I will kill you and you better apologise.’
He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery when he turned up for work the following day.
Negrin has been released on $7,500 bail.
I am sure that it was worth it. If I would a judge, I would have leniency on Negrin. All it takes is one dude to start running his mouth and others think that this type of thing is okay. Keeping with the theme of stun guns, had he had one and shocked him, I would have laughed at Hugo getting a taste of the taser.
Eagle eyes: Airport security staff ‘noticed’ Negrin’s private parts during a training exercise earlier this month (file picture)
Exposed: The revealing full body scans alarm privacy campaigners
Passengers are likely to feel increasingly exposed as more stories emerge of airport staff around the world ‘mocking’ X-ray scanner nudity.
The human X-ray machines produce ‘naked’ images of passengers, enabling security staff to instantly spot any hidden weapons or explosives.
The full body scanners also show up any breast enlargements, false limbs, piercings, and a clear outline of passengers’ private parts.
However fears have been raised that they may not be safe for women in the early stages of pregnancy or children.
What happened to Rolando, will happen to others. The tech has clear advantages, but in the hands of some of the stiffs that they have put in charge is dangerous. They say that they will be well trained, but the training can’t solve for stupidity or perverts.
Privacy campaigners, meanwhile, have warned that other travellers might not want to be scanned because of the graphic nature of the images.
In March two Muslim women have become the first passengers in the UK to refuse to subject themselves to controversial ‘naked’ full body airport scans.
The pair – who security officials insist were selected at random – opted to miss their flight to Pakistan and forfeit tickets worth £400 each rather than be screened.
One of the women refused to go through the full-body scanner at Manchester Airport on religious grounds while her companion also declined for ‘medical reasons’.
The women were travelling together to Islamabad when they were selected to pass through the controversial security screen after checking-in at Terminal Two at the airport.
An estimated 15,000 people have already passed through the scanners in the UK, with the pair the first passengers to refuse a scan.
I am not trying to hide anything on my person when I am going through security. I still think that the privacy concerns are real. I would go through the scanner to avoid missing my flight, but the rights you use to have are now a part of lore of yesteryear.