How To Opt Out of the TSA's Naked Body Scanners at the Airport

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I encountered
my first airport naked body scanner while flying out of California
today, and of course I decided to “opt out” of the scan. You do
this by telling the blue-shirted TSA agents that you simply wish
to opt out of the body scanner. Here’s what happened after that:

A TSA agent
told me to step to the side and stay put. He then proceeded to shout
out loudly enough for all the other travelers and TSA agents to
hear, “OPT OUT! OPT OUT!” This is no doubt designed to attract attention
(or perhaps humiliation) to those who choose to opt out of the naked
body scanner. I
saw no purpose for this verbal alert because the same TSA
agent who was yelling this ultimately was the one who patted me
down anyway.

For the pat
down, first I was required to walk through the regular metal detector.
From there, I was asked if I wanted to be patted down in a private
room, or if I didn’t mind just being patted down in full view of
everyone else. Not being a shy person in the first place, I told
the agent I didn’t need a private room.

He then explained
to me that he was going to pat down my entire body, including my
crotch and my buttocks, but that he would use the back of his hands
to pat down the crotch and buttocks areas. This is probably designed
to make the pat-down seem less “personal” and more detached. That
way, air passengers can’t complain of being felt up by TSA agents
who might get carried away with the pat-down procedure. He asked
if it hurt for me to be touched anywhere, and I told him no, at
which point he proceeded with the pat down.

It was a well-scripted
pat-down, covering all the areas of my body, including a mild crotch
sweep (it wasn’t especially invasive or anything, as doctors will
do far worse during a physical exam). He swept my arms, legs, hips,
back of the neck, ankles and everywhere else. To the TSA’s credit,
this guy was fast, efficient and only used a light touch that was
in no way disturbing. But it did take an extra five minutes or so
compared to walking through the naked body scanner.

Speaking of
the naked body scanners, as I was having my crotch swept by the
back of the hand of this TSA agent, I was observing other air travelers
subjecting themselves to the naked body scanners. They were told
to walk into the body scanner staging area and then hold their arms
in the air in a pose as if they were under arrest. They were told
to freeze in this position for several seconds (perhaps 10 seconds)
during which they were being blasted with ionizing
radiation
that we all know contributes to cancer.

The TSA, of
course, will tell you that these machines can’t possibly contribute
to cancer. But they said the same thing about mammograms,
and we now know that mammograms are so harmful to women’s health
that they actually harm
ten women for everyone one woman they help
. So I’m not exactly
taking the U.S. government
at its word that naked body scanner radiation is “harmless.”

As these air
travelers were being scanned, their naked body images
were appearing on a screen somewhere, of course. Some TSA agent
was examining the naked body shape and contours of all these people,
and even though we were told by the
TSA
that the image viewing machines cannot store
images, we have since learned that the machines actually do have
the capability to
store those images
. In addition, rogue TSA employees could simply
use their cell phones to take snapshots of what they see on the
screen. There are no doubt rules against such behavior,
but it’s bound to happen sooner or later.

Meanwhile,
my own security screening
was proceeding fully clothed. I don’t want to broadcast my naked
butt cheeks on the TSA’s graphic monitors, thank you very much!

Very few people
opt out of the naked body scanners

The most fascinating
part about this entire process was not the verbal broadcast of my
opt out status, nor having my crotch swept by the latex-covered
back hand of some anonymous TSA agent, but rather the curious fact
that I was the only one opting out. Although I must have
watched at least a hundred people go through this particular security
checkpoint, there wasn’t a single other person who opted out of
the naked body scan.

They all
just lined up like cattle
to have their bodies scanned
with ionizing radiation.

To me, that’s
just fascinating. That when people are given a choice to opt out
of being irradiated, they will choose to just go along with the
naked body scan
rather than risk standing out by requesting
to opt out.

You see, I’m
not convinced that the TSA’s naked body scanners enhance air
travel
security at all. Previous security tests
conducted by the FAA show quite clearly that the greatest threat
to airplane
safety isn’t from the passengers but from ground crews, where bombs
and other materials can be quite easily smuggled onto planes.

But even though
naked body scanners may not enhance air travel
security, they do accomplish something far more intriguing: The
successful completion of an experiment in human behavior.
If you were to pose the question “Will people line up like cattle
to be electronically undressed in front of government security officers?”
The answer is now unequivocally YES!

Most people,
it turns out, will simply do whatever they’re told by government
authorities, even if it means giving up their privacy or their freedoms.
Almost anything can be sold to the public under the guise of “fighting
terrorism” these days, including subjecting your body to what is
essentially a low-radiation CT scan at the airport!

I don’t know
about you, but I don’t think I should be required to subject myself
to ionizing radiation as a condition of air travel security. Of
course, the more technically minded readers among you might counter
by saying that high-altitude travel is, all by itself, an event
that subjects you to low levels of ionizing radiation (which is
true). But that’s all the more reason to not add the body’s radiation
burden any more than necessary. Americans already get far too much
radiation from CT scans and other medical imaging tests (not to
mention mammograms). Do we really need to dose peoples’ bodies with
yet more radiation every time they board an airplane?

Trusted traveler
program?

I don’t know
why the TSA never pursued its “trusted traveler” program. I actually
suggested this years ago, and there was word that the TSA was working
on something similar. The way it worked was very different from
the current system. Under the current system, every person entering
an airport security line is assumed to be a terrorist, and it is
only through the various security screenings that you are eventually
deemed to be innocent. This is a “guilty until proven innocent”
approach to air security, and it’s the system in place all across
America (and
around the world) today.

Under a trusted
traveler program, people who pass rigorous background screening
procedures, criminal history checks and other similar tests would
be assumed innocent unless suspected of being guilty. They might
carry “trusted traveler” cards linked to a federal database so that
their status could be verified as they pass through a security checkpoint.
They might even have their fingerprint scanned at that checkpoint
in order to biometrically verify their identity.

For whatever
reason, the TSA is no longer pursuing any such trusted traveler
program (at least not to my knowledge). Perhaps the agency just
figures it can trust no one. Hence the need to have everybody line
up in front of the naked body scanner machines and raise their arms
in a humiliating “I’m being arrested” pose.

It’s actually
just like the scene from the movie called The
Fifth Element
starring Bruce Willis. Remember the scene
where the cops are searching the apartment block and they use an
X-ray scanner to see through the walls? As they search the apartment
building, they announce that all residents must face the wall and
place their hands inside the yellow circles on the wall. This scene
eerily resembles what the TSA makes U.S. travelers do right now.

And virtually
no one protests. That’s the really amazing part about this.

Seasonal flu
shots offered at the airport, too

After completing
my security pat-down, by the way, I entered the terminal where I
walked by a kiosk offering a seasonal flu
shot
. There was a big sign claiming that the
flu
shot would prevent you from catching the flu, and a nurse
of some sort stood right behind the kiosk, ready to inject you with
a vaccine for just $35.

First the
naked body scanners, and then the flu shot propaganda.
It reminded me that the U.S. government really is trying to push
people into self-destructive behaviors that will ultimately benefit
the sick-care industry. After all, the more cancer and Alzheimer’s
disease people
develop (from radiation and vaccines, of course), the more business
gets generated for Big Pharma.

I know enough
about health and freedom
to avoid these little disease bombs, but most Americans don’t know
enough to resist the propaganda. They just allow themselves to be
irradiated, injected and poisoned, and they think it’s all okay
because the government tells them it’s good for them.

It’s odd that
people trust the government when the government doesn’t trust them
at all. If the government treats you like a criminal, a terrorist,
a lab rat and a vaccine depository, doesn’t that only prove they
don’t honor you as a sovereign individual?

And that sends
a powerful message confirming that the U.S. government has forgotten
it is supposed to serve the People, not rule over
them.

Just wait
and watch how this gets even worse. Today, you can opt out of the
TSA’s naked body scanners, but after a year or two – once the sheeple
get comfortable with giving up all their freedoms – these scans
will become mandatory. That’s the day I give up air travel for good.

Gee, I sure
will miss having my crotch swept by the latex-covered back hand
of some anonymous TSA agent who’s wasting taxpayer money by treating
me like a terrorist.

Reprinted
with permission from Natural
News
.

Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning
journalist. He has authored and published thousands of articles,
interviews, consumers’ guides, and books on topics like health and
the environment. He is the editor of Natural
News
.

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