Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s revelation on talk show host Jonathan Ross’s
show that he felt “embarrassed” signing autographs on his own naked body scans at London’s Heathrow airport has led to a debate on whether such scans are an invasion of privacy. Even as British Airport Authority has denied the possibility of such scans being printed or shared, many believe that the machines, which show every body part, including the genitals, can cause mental discomfort, especially to those not ‘well endowed’. HT City spoke to celebrities who travel abroad frequently, for their take on such body scans.
“Yes, of course it is embarrassing to go through something like this,” says actress Chitrangada Singh. Actress Divya Dutta calls it an “invasion of privacy,” and actress Smriti Irani says, “This violates the dignity of travellers.” However, item girl Sherlyn Chopra feels a naked body scan is preferable to being “manhandled while getting frisked”.
In UK, where the body scans were introduced last week, net users have been reacting against how explicitly the scans show the naked body. Blogger reallife says, “The next step is for us to go through security in our underwear.”
Shah Rukh Khan, too, expressed embarrassment, when he said to Ross, “It makes you embarrassed — if you’re not well endowed. You walk into the machine and the whole outline of your body comes out”.
As a relief to those uncomfortable about the scans, William Awad, a Canadian engineer claims to have invented a 3-D scanner that highlights metal or organic material on a human body without showing the body’s outline under clothing.