I travel to Germany every year for the past 5 with my wife to visit my in laws and each time we go to France Switzerland Italy and within the EU there are no borders and the Border between Switzerland is a pleasure to go through if driving and if taking the train there I have never been stopped.
my point is in the last hundred years there have been two major wars yet they have been able to put this aside and work together and yet we are all treated like terrorist to go to the States I personally think its not worth the hassle and there are many in Europe and probably the world who think the same. Although I am sure we will have to be scanned no matter where we go now look out for Big Brother.
Read it for yourself and chime in I think in the coming weeks this will cause a lot of discussion
OTTAWA Ė The federal government will purchase 44 virtual strip-search scanners for Canada's major airports, Transport Minister John Baird announced Tuesday.
The $250,000-a-piece full-body scanners will be placed in some airports, including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax, as early as next week.
The Conservative government's announcement comes on the heels of Britain and the Netherlands saying they will also begin using the scanners in response to the failed Christmas Day bombing of a US aircraft on route to Detroit.
Junior Transport Minister Rob Merrifield says the scanners would have detected explosives strapped to
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) had announced plans to purchase a few scanners last spring, after it implemented a pilot study at the Kelowna International airport in 2007 and 2008.
The government rushed its order after the Christmas Day scare.
The full body scanners see through passengersí clothing and have privacy advocates alarmed.
"It sees through fabric. It can see your genitals," said Micheal Vonn, the policy director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
The government said children under 18 won't be subject to the search.
Merrifield said privacy concerns will be mitigated because naked images will be viewed by an isolated officer and won't be kept or transferred.
The government decided not to purchase genital blurring technologies because it defeats the purpose, a CATSA spokesman said.
The plan right now is to deploy the machines as a mandatory secondary alternative for all U.S. bound passengers, Transport Canada spokesman Patrick Charette said.
Charette said travellers will be allowed to choose between a pat-down or going through the virtual strip search.