Halacha and TSA Full Body Scanners Part 1

February 26, 2009

In preparation for my Contemporary Halacha class, I stumbled across this new technology that will make the security lines at airports (allegedly) quicker. The new technology will use electromagnetic waves to create pictures of energy reflected off people. That said, while they blur passengers’ faces, the metallic-looking images still clearly reveal outlines of private body parts!

As such, the question at hand is does this pose a halachic issue for religious Jewish men and women in terms of tzniut?

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