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The Whole 9 Yards: Year in Review

photo by Reuters/Christian Charisius
29. AIRPORT SCANNERS: SAFE SEX?

Last summer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new full-body scanners in airports with the unsettling X-ray vision that comic book heroes possess. When humans walk through them, intimate body parts (even piercings) are visible to TSA monitors. People got riled over this “revealing” scanning technology, even claiming they represented an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. In the end, getting upset was all opponents could do, as homeland security trumps everything in this post-9/11 world.

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