Which is Worse for Children, the Pat-Down or the Porn Machine?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Several Goldbloggers have asked me what they should do with their children at airport security checkpoints this Thanksgiving season. Should they send them through the back-scatter x-ray vision scanner, or allow their children to be frisked?

I sent along this question to my security guru, Bruce Schneier, who responded, "Ick. Do I have to choose?"

But he did choose, and he chose the back-scatter imager over the frisk, on grounds that it is less traumatic for a child. I have to agree, though I find this whole matter, particularly as it relates to children, extremely distasteful. It's worth keeping in mind that even at airports that are equipped with the new porn machines, many people will still be funneled through the more traditional metal detectors, so you stand a reasonable chance of avoiding this whole issue.

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