Sunday, June 22, 2008; Page B08
Unless you're a porn star, you may want to avoid flying out of Reagan National Airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is introducing millimeter wave scanners at its checkpoints there and other airports nationwide.
Millimeter waves bring Superman's X-ray vision out of the comics and into the concourse. Passengers step into a booth whose cameras peer through their clothing to photograph the body beneath. The pictures then appear on a monitor that is, as the TSA puts it, "remotely located." The agency assures us that the screener watching the monitor never sees the passenger in person -- as if that excuses the peep show. And a peep show it is: "These machines, which show detailed images of a person's naked body, are equivalent to a 'virtual strip search,' " says the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). "The image resolution
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