Saturday, 3 September 2011

First Encounters of the Porn Kind

Privacy, health, fears over airport X-rayIt's probably a world record, but we managed to pay Amsterdam a visit without going near its red light district. Where we did come hand in hand with porn culture is at the airport on our way out of the Netherlands, where we were instructed to go through those notorious airport porn scanners. Meant to identify alien bodies on your body, these gizmos have been repeatedly proven to only be effective at wasting people's time and annoying them while at it; security wise, they have been unable to detect much guns & ammo thrown their way. If at all, they're only good at creating the illusion of security with those that do not know the real story.
My own personal adventure with them was a success: I announced I would like not to go through the scanners. Fully expecting to be patted down to death I was simply told to go through around the machine. That was it! If there is anything you need to take from this post, it is this: do not hesitate to express your dislike of this invasion of privacy in the name of security. Don't be herded like sheep to the slaughter, because authorities will keep on pushing this stuff on us unless enough of us protest.


Image by publik16, Creative Commons license

2 comments:

wile.e.coyote said...

Maybe in NL, but don't try it in USA or IL (unless ofc you like the finger)

Moshe Reuveni said...

You know I do.
My colleague Cory Doctorow reported several occasions on Twitter where his experience was exactly the same as mine (but in the USA): he was told he needs to go through the scanner, asked for the manual alternative, and was told to just go on instead.
Not as good as the finger, I admit.