Bare facts: Public doesn't agree with TSA

There may be ways to make the scanners less of a concern and to reduce the number of patdoens.

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The Transportation Security Administration poked a hornet's nest with the introduction of full-body scans and patdowns as it tries to get more aggressive in its methods to ferret out bombs and weapons.

The goal of making airplane flights safe is admirable and one the public supports. The problem is many people don't believe these new methods are effective in stopping the bad guys, and absent that assurance they are rebelling at such invasive procedures.

Initial reports that the body scans were not the equivalent to a peep show have been blurred by the sharpness of the images. TSA assurances that travelers' naked images won't be stored or distributed are falling on deaf ears. With the number of revelations and scandals through the years, trust and the government aren't synonymous to many people.

It would seem that the sophistication of the scanners is such that it would be possible to hook the devices into a computer that would sound a warning if something was out of sorts. There would be no need for human eyes to watch the naked parade. The person identified by the computer -- like the person who sets off the metal detector -- could be pulled aside for a more thorough search.

While it wouldn't remove all concerns, this should go a long way to overcoming some of the objections since no person would be privy to the burlesque show and the patdowns would be done only when there is reasonable suspicion.

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