Recently, I have taken a flight through London’s Heathrow Airport.  In this ocassion, I have experienced something new I might go as far as calling it a significant emotional event!

What was it you ask?

No, it was not using the public bathroom. 

I have just finished going through the security check where you put all of your stuff on the belt and then step through the metal detector. As I was putting my shoes back on (boots that required effort and focus to put back on), a security lady approached me with a wide smile and said something that sounded like: 

“Sir, I am pleased to tell you that you have been randomly selected for additional screening“. Her statement reminded me of these spam emails I get saying I have been  randomly selected from a patch of 192,052,374,676 possible morons for their $100 million  lottery prize!

My response was, can you please unselect me and select someone else?

“I am afraid not sir” she said that with this smile that crocodile gives you before having your arm for breakfast.

I have heard about some new machines airports got that were causing an uproar due to the fact they take xrated images of you.

So I wanted to clarify, “we are not going to that nudie x ray machine? are we?”

“Yes Sir, I am afraid we are” followed by that disturbing smile.

So we get to that machine which looks like a small walk in closet. I am asked to stand in front of this black screen and you pose with hands up then turn around and do the same pose. The whole thing seemed to have lasted 12 hours but I am told it only lasted 3-5 minutes!

In some other room, a guy (I assume it is a guy since only guys would apply for such a job that involved seeing naked people all day long!) sits in front of a monitor looking at a nude image of you .. with your hands up! I am told “afterwards” that you have the option to say no and instead get a total male stranger to press their hairy hands all over your clothed body!! 

Now obviously, many passengers have serious issues with these nudie scanners and so do I!!

However, my issue is not

about feeling violated while I stand there virtually naked


about the possibility that my internal organs are being cooked by the microwave x-rays


about the fact that I have been  “randomly selected” because I am Arab


about losing rights for privacy

no no no I am not bothered by any of the above.

What really bothers and irritates me is the fact that I did not get a chance to ..

PHOTOSHOP my image before it was sent!!!

How dare they! If they are going to take away your dignity, then at least allow you the use of photo shop. I did ask and I was told it was not an option!

I think it is fair to say that if you are going to be  “randomly selected” then they should either give us advance notice of lets say like .. 2 years notice so we get in shape or allow use of Photoshop.


Some argue that “If you’ve got nothing to hide then you’ve got nothing to fear.”

Umm.. HELLO! We all have things to hide and that is why we wear clothes!

I have a feeling that very soon these nudie machines will also be introduced and installed at the entrances to train stations, buildings and inside public bathrooms!

The real question is it worth it? Will these nudie machines stop terrorists from riding planes?

And the answer is YES! What kind of self respecting religious fundamentalist terrorist would allow himself to be seen naked by a non believer?!

I can see now how effective this is going to be .. umm yeah!

So what do you think? Are you for it or against it?

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6 Responses to Xrated Airports – Tuesday 11th May

  1. Princess Nada
    May 12, 2010

    Absolutely disgusting. I would rather be “patted down” than have my naked images seen by some men! We are losing more and more of our rights everyday in the name of security!

  2. Khalid
    May 13, 2010

    The only one benefiting from this is the company that makes the xray machines. It is all about money I bet you.

  3. Sherif
    May 13, 2010

    Its all about controlling the masses… Slowing taking away our rights. Till we are nothing more then a number!

  4. Disco Queen
    May 13, 2010

    We are losing our rights and we will eventually live in a police state. As arabs we are in much worse state than 20 years ago and we are going backwards. It might be too late to reverse course.

  5. Mr Girgis
    May 17, 2010

    I d luv to apply for that job of the security man staring at the monitor!!! They dont even have to pay me!!!!


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