Controversial full-body scans at airports may or may not make air travel safer, but they sure set the scene for some interesting news reports, such as . . .
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials report that there has been a spectacular improvement in morale among government workers at airports since the introduction of full-body scanning, with a marked decline in tardiness and absenteeism among TSA employees where full-body scans are done.
Since the introduction of full-body scanning, employee turnover at full-body scan airports has been virtually eliminated, saving the TSA millions of dollars in recruiting and training costs for new workers. TSA officials attribute the improvement to employees taking turns on the full-body scan machines, which alleviates the drudgery of spending hour after hour rummaging through travelers’ luggage.
Also, TSA staffing costs at airports with full-body scans are far lower than at airports without full-body scans. TSA officials report that many TSA workers at full-body scan airports volunteer to work extended hours without extra pay, saving the TSA millions of dollars in overtime costs.
Because federal budget constraints make it impossible for full-body scanners to be installed at every airport, TSA administrators are considering a new mandate that will require passengers entering airports without full-body scanners to remove and surrender their clothing before entering security checkpoints. Clothing will be returned at the end of their flights.
In the wake of the TSA’s eye-opening experience with full-body scanning, other federal security operations are looking for more areas where full-body scans can be used to expose anything non-traveling citizens may not want government workers to see.
An unanticipated benefit of full-body scanning is crime reduction. Law enforcement officers report that the full-body scans provide a legal and socially acceptable outlet for exhibitionists that alleviates jail overcrowding by moving them out of jails and into jets. — John Gile, www.johngile.com