People are losing their shit for a few reasons:
First, everyone hates the TSA. They've slowly been encroaching on our personal freedoms for a while now, but they made a mistake this time and made too big a jump. The way you can turn the heat in a shower up slowly over time and not notice much, but turning from cold to hot quickly can shock you.
Secondly, it's not just a question of being seen naked, it's also that the TSA is being a huge dick about it. They claim that the images aren't and can't be stored, but already a bunch have been saved by workers and leaked online. TSA officials are being totally unapologetic about it, and even saying crazy bullshit like you give up your constitutional rights when you decide to fly. Several people who've decided to opt-out have been harassed and one is getting sued.
Thirdly, the machines have a questionable safety record. It's been calculated that the risk of getting cancer from the device is about the same risk that you'll die in a terrorist attack, in which case it doesn't seem like it's really helping you out. The risks are worse for children and the elderly.
Lastly, the new procedures basically do nothing to keep you safer. Like almost everything else the TSA does, it's just security theater. It's all designed to make you feel safer while not actually doing anything to help the situation at all.
I'm really glad people are up in arms about this. People SHOULD have been upset at the TSA's horrible inefficiencies and privacy invasions for a lot longer.
PyscoUno wrote:isn't it pointless cose it's only for internal flights?
Almost the opposite really. It's all flights originating in the US, domestic and international. But of course incoming international flights aren't help up to the same security standards, so incoming flights are still "at risk".