One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.
Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:
McGhee Tyson Airport will soon have full-body imaging equipment to screen passengers, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Tuesday.
Sometime in the next few weeks, a millimeter wave advanced imaging technology machine will be installed at the Knoxville airport, TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said.
A specific deployment schedule has not been determined, but TSA will provide advance public notice.
Being a rather small airport, Knoxville only has the one security checkpoint, so your odds of being shuffled through this machine are relatively high. To be fair, this system will implement the new "enhanced privacy" display systems that do not involve private viewing rooms and instead employ a "generic human outline", but you can bet your happy arse I will opt out just for the principle of the thing.
Surrendering our privacy in the name of "security" was a failed proposition to begin with, and I will be damned if I make the lives of those who knowingly infringe on the Fourth Amendment any easier just because they want me to.
(Courtesy of Michael Silence.)