A scanner cock-ly

total_recall_x-rayAfter the Christmas day underwear bomber incident, the whole safety conscious world has been screaming at who ever will listen that the need for new more advanced forms of personal screening are a necessity in the airports (and train stations, bus depots, ect.) of post 9/11 America. One of these advanced forms is the x-ray screening machines.  X-ray screening machines claim to make it possible to see what a person has under their clothing (including their bits and pieces, if you get the meaning...).

Safety above all types view this type of security screening as an absolute necessity- claiming that in the name of public safety, all expectations to privacy are negotiable. But not everyone feels too comfortable with forfeiting some of their assumed rights to privacy in order to be "safe".  Many feel as though we (as humans) have a right to expect a certain amount of privacy in our lives, even if it is t the expense of the whole's general safety (ya know... that whole rights thing being bestowed on us by our Creator that the Founding Fathers were all hung up on).

lord_adonisIn Great Brittan, such scanning devices are already in place, and an issue over the privacy of British citizens has come up.  Concerns of the privacy of the British public were addressed by the UK transportation Secretary, Lord Adonis, last week when he claimed that the people manning the scanners were trained in procedures to keep the privacy of the individual in mind, fully supervised in their tasks by competent mangers, and that all images produced by the device were to be immediately destroyed.

khanExcept for the images taken of Bollywood super star Shahrukh Khan...

"I'm always stopped by the security, because of the name. And I think its okay: the western world is a little bit worried, paranoid and touchy, I guess - and feely when they're frisking you," Khan told Jonathan Ross, host of the British television program Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

"I was in London recently going through the airport and these new machines have come up, the body scans. You've got to see them. It makes you embarrassed - if you're not well endowed.  You walk into the machine and everything - the whole outline of your body - comes out..."

And by "everything" Khan is referring to the photocopied pictures of Khan's naked body (showing off his rather large and unwieldy cock) that he came across after his scan.

"... I was a little scared. Something happens [inside the scans], and I came out.  Then I saw these girls - they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said 'give them to me' - and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them."

 Now if this doesn’t show you the difference between men and women, then nothing will.

Khan comes across two photocopies of illegally obtained x-ray machine images of his coiled trouser python in the hands of two giggling girls and he autographs them and turns it all into a humorous story on the limey version of jonathan_rossThe Tonight Show.  But had this incident had happened to a broad and she would have been giving herself a silkwood shower, followed immediately by raising all sorts of holy Hell. (and that, by the way, is the right reaction to have).  Personally, I think Khan was more than happy to turn this into a joke because it allowed him to go on British television and talk about his huge penis.

Khan’s story raises a concern.  His right to privacy (though he didn't seem too bummed out that British airport security trampled it) was violated for no other reason than for the girls working the desk wanted to have a glimpse of his freak dong.  So does this mean that when I go through a scanner, my smurf wang is gonna end up on being twatted across the world for the amusement of others and I have to just accept it as the cost of being safe?

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(example of an image from an x-ray screening machine)

Safety is an important priority to have, and while we as citizens should expect to have some elements of our privacy eroded in certain situations, revealing photos of our naked bodies being turned into props for the interoffice shtick of airport security should not be part of the cost of doing business.

Want to make people answer a bunch of questions , have their bags riffled through, even frisk a few people here and there... go for it.  More power to you.  A little intrusion is to be expected from time to time. 

eyeofsauronBut for the Government to willie nillie demand that we subject ourselves to an intrusive screening processes (which includes taking potentially embarrassing images) in order to discover whether or not we are carrying contraband, and to then grant access to these images to minimum wage employees leaves an awful lot of room for shenanigans.  And in an age where it takes less time to upload an image to one's Twitter than it does for one of those little brains to fully contemplate the ramifications of such an action, a few moments to figure out the best ways to safeguard the public from such potentially embarrassing situations might be a good idea before rolling out such devices on a wide scale (if at all...). 

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