Slog tipper Rick alerts us to a horrible story from Miami involving the new nude scanners that are launching in airports all over the world:
Rolando Negrin, 44, was charged with aggravated battery after he used a police baton to beat Hugh Osorno on Tuesday. According to a police complaint, Negrin was upset following a training with whole body scanners with other co-workers.
"The x-ray revealed [he] has a small penis and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis," the complaint read.
The story goes on to explain that there are a number of problems with the full-body scanners, including health risks and the possibility that certain materials like explosive powder might not even show up on the scans. Assurances that personnel can't print or store the images have been disproven, too:
However, the American Civil Liberties Union has cited Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's experience at a British airport. Despite rules that required images to be immediately discarded, the star's body scan was printed out apparently by airline personnel, who asked the actor to autograph the images while at the airport.
It's wishful thinking to believe that airport employees won't be childish about naked scans of everybody who goes through an airport scanner. There'll be plenty of abuse of this technology.