TSA has piloted their new “Millimeter wave” scan devices (similar to the “backscatter X-ray” but supposedly without being fatally cancer-causing) at 18 airports around the country. This is a big open-sided booth-thingie that sits in the middle of the airport (meant to replace metal detectors) that passengers walk through on their way to their plane. As you walk through, the device scans you while you stand in it with your arms raised and the attendant looks at naked pictures of you. That’s right. It sees through your clothes.
The device is being used as a passenger option in some airports, and as mandatory in others. I think the idea is to see if they can introduce it slowly enough to keep from being slapped with a civil-liberties suit and suddenly discovering that they should have put their seventeen billion of R&D into inventing a machine that sees through people and not guns, instead of clothes and not people.
Meanwhile, paparazzi have already been using the backscatter X-ray devices to snap nekkid pictures of celebrities what ain’t even nekkid.
Yeah, I’m certain this could never go wrong.