No, I am not new here....
...I am simply of the belief that people really give far too much of a shit about some things.
Oh no, someone, somewhere, who I will never meet, and will never meet me (though may have seen me, oh heavens), will see me naked, and possibly later have a wank. How terrible.
Doctors not abuse their position? Hello - Harold Shipman ring a bell? Other "responsible" positions, like that kindergarten teacher? Hell, they were even going to start teaching them how to spot nonces - good way of letting folk know what things to avoid doing eh?
The situation we are currently in - i.e. mega rich governments shitting themselves over potential massive civilian casualties caused by simple methods - dictates that they have some sort of response. These "x-ray" (!) machines are a good solution for checking if someone is carrying something they shouldn't. In combination with other solutions, it has the potential to save lives. I do personally think it is a lip service to the problem at hand, however that is how governments respond, so not a shock. I don't see them as any sort of health threat, as per Michael C, not dangerous!
So again it currently falls down to options:
1. Have some random person see a crap, non-colour picture of your naked body
2. Have someone poke around you with their fingers to check for concealed bad things
I'd rather 1, as I've had both, many times, and 1 was an awful lot fecking quicker!!
If on the off chance one of these machines does stop some plum walking through with 1/2lb semtex gaffa taped to his belly, then bugger me, it really will have been worth it all, but in the meantime, it's not exactly much of an inconvenience, whilst at the same time is another good deterant.