Originally Posted by Samuel Dravis
Drunkside, simply because you do not mind being essentially strip-searched doesn't mean that everyone else feels quite so free. Perhaps they do not have the bodies of greek gods to show off, or perhaps they might have medical problems that would be revealed by a scan. It really doesn't matter why. And simply because it has the misfortune of being routine does not make it any less offensive.
The question is, is using this machine as a routine security measure justifiable in the case of this man, who is to all accounts and purposes a known agent with a history with the airline? There was no reason to expect him to be hiding something which necessitates the use of a backscatter xray machine. Why should he be subjected to it if it isn't justified by his history, his bearing, his station, his character, his associations, the previous security measures he'd already been through or, well anything at all besides terrorism hysteria and it being "routine"?
Basically this situation strikes me like this: would it be reasonable to strip search your good friend on the off chance he's gone crazy and is packing a knife to stab you with since you saw him last week?
Well, i can see why he got offended, but his raving just irritates me to no end. And say what you want about him being a well known to his employees, but there are a few things about human beings that you can always count on: Their will to advance themselves, greed and the consistancy of their attempts to get what they want. I think the airport personnel is right to not trust anyone at all cause you might never actually know whats inside the head of a person you have thought to know.
I would be a much more likely stabber than any of my friends. But if they wanted, i would let them search me. Even strip search. I wouldnt allow a cavity check though, but who the hell keeps a knife in his a$$? But then again, Im finninsh and we dont see nakedness as a taboo or something to fear. In fact I have seen pretty much all my friends naked, the only one i havent is a chick and my other friends girlfriend. And now you wonder how, do we organize sick gay orgies? No, there is a thing called sauna, where you are supposed to be naked.