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Mar. 25 2010 - 12:17 am | 5,348 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

The first case of sexual harassment via full body scanner

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Yeah, what do officers see?

Uh oh. Bad news for full body scanner proponents. A 25-year-old airport worker in Britain has been “issued a warning” for sexual harassment for taking a scan of a female colleague, Jo Margetson, against her will.

Apparently, she thinks the scanners are mighty invasive:

“I can’t bear to think about the body scanner thing,” she told the Sun. “I’m totally traumatised. I’ve spoken to the police about it. I’m in too much of a state to go to work.”

via Airport worker given police warning for ‘misusing’ body scanner | UK news | guardian.co.uk.

Hmmmm, a Heathrow airport attendant flipping out because she was scanned isn’t very reassuring to anyone with privacy concerns about the machines.

On the other hand, she may be a very private person (Margetson only has 60 friends on Facebook, after all.) And the Guardian story does not clarify what exactly her role is at the airport. Maybe she’s not actually a “scanner person” and has been fooled by this hoax into thinking her colleague captured a porn star version of her.

Her privacy concerns were not allayed by her coworker, who, according to news reports, allegedly told her “I love those gigantic tits” after taking the scan.

It sounds like that guy was going to get hit with a sexual harassment charge regardless of the scanners.

Gizmodo also wrote about this. I’m happy to see that they resisted the temptation to use the fake TSA porn shots.


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    Good grief people, would you rather take the chance of being blown to bits at 40,000 feet ??? Get over yourselves. The images are VERY blurred and there is absolutely NO detail of the face or any other part. If these poor quality images offend you, too bad. I want to feel secure at 40,000 feet. Besides, you don’t have anything special to see. The other 6,000,000,000 people in the world have the same thing. Nothing new here…..right ????? And if you think this is pornographic you are VERY naive and need to grow up !!!!!

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    Not promising, considering how many protections we were told are in place to prevent abuse or frivolity.

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