The full body scanners take a full body image of your front and back. All of your bio-metric specifications are then recorded on a computer. The government claims they do not keep this information... but the government does not have the best record of being honest about respecting the privacy of Americans (or non-Americans passing through our airports). Another reason is money. These machines are very expensive and former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff personally is profiting from the sales of machines he says are absolutely essential to preventing terrorist attacks.
Now, in order to persuade people to willingly stand in line and use the full body scanners to get a naked picture taken of them, the TSA has invented a pat down procedure more invasive and offensive than any regular police pat down. TSA employees have to perform a procedure to be invasive and to make the person feel uncomfortable. They have to otherwise nobody would ever choose to go through one of the full body scanners, thus making them pointless. It is a comfort battle for passengers between the lesser of two evils.
Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo is a frequent flyer and recently passed through the Dallas Airport and felt like TSA went too far. We need more celebrities to make these videos and speak out, because nobody listens when average people complain...
Susie then went on the today show. She made some great points. How come these TSA screening procedures are not being used at the White House or the Pentagon? If this is the best way to screen and catch terrorists, why is it only happening in airports and not all government buildings? What about foreign airports? They have other methods that have worked for them just fine. There is no evidence that the TSA enhanced pat downs do anything to protect passengers more than metal detectors, behavioral profiling, and dog units.