Are TSA agents laughing at your naked body?

TSA agentBY PIPER HOFFMAN
Care2.com

Remember when the airports started installing those radiation machines that are supposed to be more effective than metal detectors? People protested partly because they didn’t want security agents looking at images of them naked. Apparently they were right to be worried.

A writer claiming to be a former TSA screener has described a bawdy, sophomoric atmosphere in the rooms where TSA agents view the images from the “backscatter x-ray full body scanners.” These rooms, called IO (image operator) rooms, have no surveillance cameras or recording devices so there will be no pictures of the bodies on the screens and no information about the machines’ operation will leak out to the bad guys. People must give notice and wait before entering the room so that they don’t see a passenger clothed, then walk into the IO room and see them naked: TSA guarantees that agents who see a naked image will never see the passenger in the flesh.

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