THERE'S A CATCH: MACHINE NOT COVERED BY MEDICAL INSURANCE AND CHARGES COULD ADD AS MUCH AS $1,000 TO THE COST OF PLANE TICKET
PHOENIX -- The Department of Homeland Security unveiled a new x-ray security machine at the Sky Harbor Airport this week that produces a full body image of each passenger with blush-inducing clarity so detailed that it can expose the most concealed weapon and reveal whether someone has a blood clot. But there's a catch. The new x-ray is not covered by most health insurance plans, which could add as much as $1,000 to the cost of each plane ticket.
"I am all for security screening," said air traveler and convicted flasher Noah Swayne, "I don't even mind if all the other passengers see my genitalia. To be honest, I'd welcome that. But this extra cost is outrageous."
Government officials admitted that this added cost might be an inconvenience for some passengers but said it's all part of the war on terror. "We can't be too careful when it comes to airport security and who knows, we might just catch some life-threatening diseases before it's too late," explained Michael Chernoff, Secretary of Homeland Security.
Airline passenger advocacy groups are wary, saying that they worry about ticket prices escalating even more if the airport orders blood work.