My brother-in-law, whose work takes him to many small towns, pointed out to me yesterday that the current concerns about backscatter scanner machines at airports will only get worse when the technology arrives in small towns (which it must, else airline security will be a joke because bomb-carrying terrorists will just board in Podunk instead of Paris).
Currently, the machines are in major cities through which millions of travelers pass anonymously each year and the TSA and airline staff members number in the thousands. But in small towns the airline employee who staffs the ticket desk then walks over to do the security line, and s/he’s someone you know because s/he lives in the same town as you do. Any TSA employees looking at the nudie photos will also be locals. In a town of a few thousand people, the TSA employee will get a gander eventually at his ex-wife, the local preacher, the police chief, the high school beauty queen etc.
But at least the TSA guy won’t describe the naked pictures to the airline employee who greets you at the desk, allowing the images to be associated with specific individuals. I know that’s true because I grew up in a small town, and we small town folk never, ever gossip.