The Department of Homeland Security has released a December 18 update which changes the rules for passengers’ ability to “opt out” of body scanner screening. The update states:
TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.
The update implies that the reason for the change is due to Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software which “replaces the individual’s image with that of a generic figure.” While these generic images may quell concerns about virtual strip searches, they obviously won’t stop the scanners from bombarding your body with x-rays. Critics have raised concerns about the possible ill effects of the technology, citing increased risk for cancer, particularly among the young and elderly.
Eliminating passengers’ ability to opt-out can only further alienate the public from the TSA, which exhibits a 95% failure rate in detection of weapons and explosives and has been panned as overly expensive security theater with little substance. One would hope that this would be the last straw for the American public. Sadly, many have been conditioned to accept liberty’s death spiral into tyranny.