Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Airport Security and Jewish Law

A halachic debate about millimeter wave scanners versus backscatter x-rays - just another day in the interstices of orthodoxy and modernity. Some rabbis don't seem to dig full-body scans, which means you probably won't be seeing them on El Al anytime soon (and probably explains at least in part why El Al's intensive screening procedures don't seem to emphasize high-tech body imaging). But it seems to be another issue where devout Jews and Muslims can agree.