[Mirror] Umipig, Bella Marie

Summer 2011

Body Scanner

The Manila International Airport Authority is planning to purchase body scanners, to be installed in four main airport terminals in Metro Manila, in order to detect the presence of illegal drugs inside the body of a person and specifically for the protection of our country’s reputation, because the Philippines reportedly has become a transshipment point for cocaine, heroin and shabu, among others. in order to stop this, our country is planning to purchase body scanner.

Body Scanner is a full-body scanner is a device that creates an image of a person’s nude body through their clothing to look for hidden objects without physically removing their clothes or making physical contact. They are increasingly being deployed at airports and train stations in many countries. The two advantages of full-body scanners over a physical strip search are that it is quicker and that people do not have to be touched in a manner that some might consider offensive. A disadvantage is that the scanners are being used to perform routine, virtual strip searches without probable cause which opponents claim are illegal unreasonable searches that violate basic human rights.

The full-body scanner is a controversial device which violate basic human right of people, specifically the right to travel . For me i’m against with this Body Scanner, because it produces an essentially nude image of the passenger waiting to get onto his or her flight and allowing computer to produce a detailed picture and expose substances such as weapons or explosives. These body scanners are likely to be highly intrusive showing the outline of people’s private parts. It is an unreasonable restriction and a violation of basic human rights. if this body scanner is implemented surely the airport will conduct a inspection using this scanner which mean that every passenger will submit their self for scan even against their will, before they can go on their flight. Traveler can avoid these searches all together by simply not flying which mean is a violation of right to travel it is against human right.

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