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On Being Virtually Naked

Why does the relatively small Spokane airport have full-body scanners are security checkpoints, when a large airport like the one in Orlando, Fla., doesn't? I got virtually naked for the TSA -- a female security worker at that -- for the first time Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Spokane airport en route to Orlando. The X-ray exam was over in moments. I didn't even have time to blush. And the guy with the plastic gloves smiled when he waved me through the security checkpoint. I'm glad I didn't have to get up close and personal with him, too. However, I was surprised that the jam-packed Orlando airport on the return trip had the traditional security stations that require you to strip off belts, shoes, and anything else that makes the alarm ring. But no body scanners. I don't know if I felt safer after going through the airport at Spokane than I did at Orlando -- DFO.

Question: Have you been through a full-body scanner at airport security yet? What do you think of the process?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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