The TSA wants to see you naked!

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Score another one for the Transportation Security Administration... It's making it even more inconvenient for travelers. Lucky passengers in 10 major United States airports can have the pleasure of the TSA seeing them naked. No, I'm not kidding. Travelers in cities like Los Angeles and New York might win the travel lottery and be selected to enter a glass booth to have a three-dimensional image taken of their bodies.

The technology essentially lets the TSA see through people's clothes, and gives nice pictures of your body, including your private parts. It's done with "millimeter waves" which are intended to help the TSA identify any weapons or foreign objects you might be concealing.

The TSA says that passengers will have a choice: They can either let an agent give them a physical pat-down, or they can allow this image of their body to be taken. That sounds nice, but how far is too far? I think this has definitely gone too far. And make no mistake, the next step is making these images mandatory and offering passengers no choice.


There is a certain level of insecurity that comes along with going anywhere in public. When you're around other people, there are certain inherent dangers. The TSA is not really making us safer by taking naked pictures of us. It is a complete invasion of privacy and far beyond what we should expect from our government agencies.

We're not supposed to worry though, because our faces are theoretically blurred when the security personnel are looking at our private parts. Well that makes me feel better! Have a good look, then! Seriously... why must I let security screeners see me naked before I'm allowed to board a plane? This is an outrage.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.
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