TSA X-ray pics too racy for Facebook

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Nov 18, 2010

Earlier this week, I started the Facebook Group Say No to Full-Body Airport Scanners. I found this picture online, and decided to use it as the group’s profile pic. Since the image seemed a bit too revealing, I added some black bars …


A while later, someone informed me that the pic was a hoax (it was a tweaked version of stock-photo of a woman) and not actually from a back-scatter machine. Journalistic integrity being what it is (and sprinkled with a generous dose of Catholic guilt), I replaced it with this one that you’ve probably seen before:

Full body image scan

Why is she smiling? If I were this naked and the world saw it, I would NOT be smiling.

Now, here’s where it gets hilarious. The above photo has been seen everywhere: on numerous blogs, on the ACLU’s website, and on news sites from here to Australia.  It’s from the Associated Press, taken during a demonstration of the backscatter machines in 2003. It’s an accurate representation of what TSA-holes are seeing when you walk through one of the full-body scanners at the airport.

So I decided to use the above image for my Facebook group. And when I did, it was removed, with this message:

If it's too obscene for Facebook, shouldn't it be too obscene for the TSA?

They allowed it to remain (in miniature) as a profile pic, but they deleted the larger version. Based on the warning I received (that images that contain nudity, drug use, or violence are not allowed), I’m guessing it was because the photo revealed too much skin.

That’s right: the pictures that the TSA is taking, the pictures that are EVERYWHERE in the news, are too racy for Facebook.

Does anyone else find this royally and utterly effed up?

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  • Yeah, well, Facebook considers picture of babies nursing to be obscene, so they’re not really a good gauge for…anything. But this is still hella amusing and the scanners are, absolutely, utterly effed up.

  • Guh. There is so much wrong with that.

  • What is wrong with the world? When will cooler heads prevail? Everyone, just keep refusing those scanners and make those TSA flunkies do the deed and back up the lines and throw off flight schedules and listen to complaints about keeping hands off the privates. It’s the only way to end the madness. And Mamas, nurse your babies! Dang, everybody eats, and boobs aren’t considered off limits if they’re NOT being used for the good of the next generation. Damn.

  • Boy this is a hot topic! I agree that as a society we’ve lost much of the privacy that we fought so hard to have a right to have, but at the same time, we demand that our government and the airline industry keep us safe while traveling, and see our safety as a right as well. I don’t like the body scanners or enhanced pat-downs, but what other methods are available (and accurate) to be sure someone isn’t smuggling a weapon on board? We either complain about the presumption of guilt and lack of privacy, or we scream after a disaster that our government isn’t doing enough to secure our flights…..it’s really a no-win situation for the TSA.

    So as much as I hate it, I have to say at least it does make me feel a bit safer when I’m flying. But all that said I support those who can actually cancel their travel plans in protest, and would support any movement to push the government and TSA into finding less invasive methods that can still provide a high level of security.

    I just wish that in the meantime, they could at least provide a really hot looking guy to do my pat-down.

    • Everywhereist

      Trisha – amen, sister.

    • BoJack

      But all of the attackers on planes are government agents. The government does those false-flag attacks to be able to BRING IN the scanners and enhanced pat-downs. Try not to be duped, Trisha. Just wait until the next false-flag, when the scanners are made mandatory.

  • Baltimorebelle

    I am not so much shocked at all at naked human anatomy. What does shock me is that they look lit up like a radiation Christmas tree. Seriously, the radiation threat is what is really to worry about. You can think of nudity like “if other people can’t handle how I look without clothes, that’s their problem, not mine”.

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