You’d think with all the controversy sparked by the potential dangers of ionizing radiation, the Transportation and Security Administration might have done away by now with its backscatter scanners.
Nope. On the contrary, the use of the scanners is increasing—and not just by the TSA. Some retailing genius stumbled upon the clever notion of installing the devices in mall clothing stores, where shoppers can avoid the inconvenience of taking a garment into the fitting room by stepping instead into one of the controversial machines, which have been rechristened My Best Fit. A zap here, a zap there and the customer receives a printout of her or his ideal sizes. Never mind that the devices, even in the hands of trained technicians, can give off lethal doses of radiation!
Ed Morrissey, at Hot Air, writes of the practice:
This reminds me a little of the fluoroscopes that were in use in the early 20th century, handled by those well-renowned scientists who, er, sold shoes. For two decades, the children of America got exposed to significant doses of X-rays simply as a marketing gimmick for giving them the “right fit,” a process so otherwise difficult that it would require trying on the shoes … which customers had to do anyway.
Morrissey goes on to point that the same is ultimately true of trying on clothes, since sizes vary dramatically from manufacturer to manufacturer. These factors and the health risks seem to be lost on the CNN commentators who chirp gleefully about the scanners in the accompanying video.
In the meantime, what could possess any person in his right mind to willfully submit to one of these scans? And who came up with the brainstorm to extend the use of the devices to a trivial application? Could it be, as Ed Morrissey speculates, that the government wants “to make them seem more cute and cuddly” in order to quell the concerns raised regarding their use for security?
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