Airport security is a must, and one would be hard-pressed to find disagreement when it comes to the safety of millions of daily travelers. However, there is often a place to draw the line between ensuring safety and invading privacy, and many feel that particular line has been completely ignored.
New devices that scan a passenger’s body, revealing weapons and illegal drugs alike have come under public scrutiny for the remarkably accurate image they display of body parts certain customers may not want coming under security guards’ watchful eyes.
The first act of x-ray scanner related violence has taken place recently, with forty-four-year-old Rolando Negrin being placed on administrative leave following the severe beating of a colleague with a police baton. As a security official, Negrin is forced to walk through the body imaging scanner several times per day, and taunting on the part of his fellow security guards reportedly ensued “daily”.
Little things like these add up quickly, especially when they revolve around such a sensitive topic of discussion, and Negrin apparently had had enough of his fellow guards’ jokes. When Hugo Osborno, another guard, brought up the size of his member, Negrin did not take the joke as lightly as it was undoubtedly intended.
Following the workday, Negrin confronted Osborno in the airport parking lot and forced him to apologize. When the latter refused, he proceeded to beat him repeatedly with his issued police baton. As of now, he has been charged with aggravated battery, and has been suspended from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Complaints of the invasiveness of the new body imaging scanners are not uncommon, and this incident shows the sensitivity many people hold when it comes to their body parts. In the future, it is likely the TSA may need to rethink the extreme new security techniques, coming to a conclusion that will hopefully prevent any further acts of ridicule-induced violence.
[ Image: CBS News]