Chaffetz makes progress in effort to ban 'strip-search' imaging at airports

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  • tigerlily
    June 8, 2009 10:38 a.m.

    hey replacement, chaffez himself has a hip replacement

  • Replacements
    May 22, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    My wife has had a knee replacement and she states this new method is much less intrusive to her privacy than having to be "wanded and patted down" everytime she goes through standard scanners. I wonder if Jason Chaffez would have a different opinion on this technology if HIS wife had a knee or hip replacment?

  • Bender Rodriguez
    May 22, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    I think JC has a body image problem and is projecting it into "political causes".

    How else do you explain the Quixotic obsession w/ gay marriage and now 'public nudity' in airports?

    What's next a return to Victorian era attire at Seven Peaks?

  • Leo
    May 22, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    "In terms of security what good is this system if the images are not saved?"

    The same way a pat-down search or a metal detector can provide security without saving the results.

  • Gordon
    May 22, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    To you Sad Sacks that are impressed with Mr. Chaffetz efforts not only with serious "privacy issues" like this but with the other numerous yet trivial issues he has embraced, let me say, "Thanks for making me laugh (at you) and thanks for reminding me why you ideological idiots who voted him to Washington are getting all that you deserve - a clown. As one who has actually seen these x-rays, I can tell you neither Playboy nor Penthouse will be using them as centerfold pictures, nor would they unduly excite anyone but an anthropologist used to looking at bones! The idea that is process is a violation of personal privacy is ludacris. This is a tempest in a tea pot perpetuated by tea baggers all over America and Utah's clown of a representative.

  • Anonymous
    May 22, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    On this, Congressman Twit has it right. Security measures have gone too far. It should be about working on the odds, rather than an attempt to get every possible problem. There is too much, over kill. Security is fine, but it should be rational. I was at an airport not too long ago and they made a woman remove a sheer, see-through, wispy scarf. Come on!

  • Himself
    May 22, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    In terms of security what good is this system if the images are not saved? How can you do forensics or present evidence if this most important data is destroyed? My bet is that this is being stored.
    A computer system without memory? TSA telling the truth? Let's not kid ourselves people.

  • Someone chooses to have
    May 22, 2009 6:46 a.m.

    an MRI, you do not choose whether or not you go through security to board an airplane. I would support the use of this technology instead of a strip search, but not for general use. If the circumstances seem to warrant a more thorough search then use use it.

  • cwb
    May 22, 2009 6:44 a.m.

    Tom C is incorrect.The process is much faster than the wanding proceedure it replaces.I use it almost daily,also please note,you have your choice to opt for the pat down/wanding screening if you prefer.Most passengers choose the whole body imaging as it is less intusive,no physical contact by anyone.Please be aware no children are screened in this manner,and no images are saved for possible later release,as previously pointed out,the images are no more revealing than tight clothes.If we can prevent just one more tragedy,than this additional layer of security is not in vain.

  • Tom C
    May 21, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    JPJazz, you haven't finished reading the manual. The process is actually much slower than the current screening. And you confuse vanity with modesty. One is a sin, the other a very refreshing virtue. I fly weekly, and no offense to them, but I don't feel the same way about the TSA workers and their professional demeanor as I do a physician evaluating an MRI. Thanks to Rep. Chaffetz for bringing some sanity to our government and protecting what shreds of personal rights and privacy we still enjoy.

  • Julio Rodriguez
    May 21, 2009 8:17 p.m.

    This representative is INCREDIBLE. Wow, I don't even live in Utah and I want to vote for him.
    Someone putting the needs of the people above the wants of the government.

  • Jpjazz
    May 21, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    It's is a mistake to limit this technology, its much less invasive than pat-down searches and can identify liquids, plastics and a whole host of devices such as those used in the 9-11 case. And speeds up the screening process.

    If one uses the logic sited by Chaffetz that somehow these images will be saved and released to the public, we should ban the use of MRI's and other medical screenings for the same reason.

    I have looked at the sample images and they are no more revealing than tight fitting clothing. But what they do show are soft articles being carried in pockets and strapped to the body. Are we really so vain as to worry that someone might find that we are too fat or have body contours of either gender.

    Just wait until the next attack and hear the cries of why we didn't use the tools that were available to detect these weapons.

    I have liked Chaffetz up to this point but on this issue he is pandering to the citizens he was elected to protect.

  • *throwing confetti*
    May 21, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    Hooray for sound thinking! Thank-you a million times over to all those who are protecting my rights! It is true that security can always be safer, but if we forced everyone to obey the law we would be loads safer than we are now, right? (Think Communism.) Would it be the right thing to do? Would it be worth it? Neither is virtual strip searching.

  • Dear "He's Right"
    May 21, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    You're wrong.

    Name the second-worst terrorist act committed on US soil.
    How about the Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing in April, 1995? Ring any bells?

    NOW, to stop that from happening again, why don't we just start watching all of the young white men who just got out of the Army?
    NO? Why not?

    Then why don't we just watch those young white ex-Army guys who hang out with Chrstians and protest against the government?
    NO? Why not?

  • BrianE
    May 21, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    Keep up the fight Jason!

  • Thay can watch
    May 21, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    My tired old body as much as they can want. Just PLEASE don't make me take off my shoes anymore. That is a real hassle.

  • arc
    May 21, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    I remember being in another country a few years ago, and a small beagle and a lady came up to see what was in a pack.

    With the current metal detectors, wands, sniffer dogs and the "sniffer" machines they already have, we are fine.

    This new machine is great, but lets use it to screen prisoners not passengers.

    It is bad enough we have to take our shoes off.

    Rep. Chaffetz is correct, we need to draw a line somewhere.

    I disagree with the idea of targeting people whose families come from different parts of the world.

  • Frightening
    May 21, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    It is ridiculous that political correctness is seen as more important than whether you live or die from a terrorist act.

    Government is so wonderful. You can always rely on them to do the right thing. Unfortunately most of the time it is the right thing FOR the enemy!!!

  • Chaffetz is the man
    May 21, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    Right on Chaffetz. As an independent voter I'm very happy that I voted for you. You have done nothing so far but impress me. Keep up the good work.

  • He's Right
    May 21, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    We don't need whole body imaging. All we need is to search suspicious looking muslim arabs ages 18-40. That would pretty much do it---and everyone knows that would ELIMINATE 99.9% of the threat. But our liberal pacifist society has decided it is more important not to hurt their feelings than it is to actually be safe.

    Think about that. Seriously.

    Instead though we search small children and senior citizens who can hardly see or hear who OBVIOUSLY never have and never will have anything to do with terrorism. The policy is tantamount to blatant stupidity.

    No worries though--it is all just a show anyways to give the impression there is security. There really is not.

    I fly/travel 20+ times per year. On mulitple occasions (all since 9/11) I have accidently taken banned items on the plane in my carry on. These items include swiss arm knives. Right down the belt sitting there on the screens in full view and they sent the bags through unsearched.

    Ya, we are all safe. Right--wink wink!

  • Brighamite
    May 21, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    Finally! Someone who stands up for our fading rights. This guy should run for a higher office.