Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Body Scammers

When body scan images were first obtained, many people believed the leaked pictures to be those from the “naked scanners,” the original machines that kicked up a strong debate about how and when security scanners should be used. U.S. Marshals saved 35,000 images in one courthouse machine, prompting website Gizmodo to make a Freedom of Information Act request and receive a collection of the saved images.

The good news? The saved scans look like cotton-candy men, soft and distorted. The bad news? The machines weren’t supposed to be saving the images in the first place. Gizmodo writer Joel Johnson pointed out that the more invasive scanner systems using high-fidelity x-rays are also in use, and now it’s being researched whether or not those machines can save images like the “less embarrassing” machines.

No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s important to note that the body scanner debate isn’t over. There’s no doubt that procedures and regulations will become standardized and safer, although those against body scanning might feel less inclined to fly right now.

No problem--there are plenty of renowned hotels in your backyard. Take a sleeper train, load up the car, or book a hotel room in the next city over, because these hotels definitely provide the luxury of a far-off vacation without the airport fuss. Plus, all of the hotels suggested below have Exclusive Complimentary Perks as part of a reservation across our website

Hotels in the Northeast
Taj Boston: This classic Boston hotel opened its doors in 1927 and overlooks the Public Garden. In the heart of the city, the Taj is surrounded by sights to see and things to do.
InterContinental The Barclay New York: This restored Federal-style hotel is perfectly situated for easy access to must-see New York attractions, and some rooms boast living rooms and marble bathrooms.

Hotels in the South
W Atlanta Midtown: Southern hospitality at its best meets 21st-century convenience in the W, flanked by Atlanta's Miracle Mile and Piedmont Park. Look into the Whatever/Wherever service while staying.
Windsor Court Hotel: Located two blocks from the French Quarter, the Windsor Court hotel has the distinction of receiving Forbes Four Stars and AAA's Four Diamonds. Why not stay in the only hotel in Louisiana to receive both honors?

Hotels on the West Coast
Hotel Vitale: This urban getaway is perched on San Francisco's waterfront: don't forget to book some time at the penthouse level of Spa Vitale!
The Edgewater: Parked right on Pier 67, the Edgewater provides both unparalleled views and service. After getting a glimpse of Seattle skyline, head down to restaurant Six Seven for grilled goodness.

Midwest Hotels
Swissotel Chicago: Going on a working vacation? Spread it out on the oversized executive desk in your hotel room before going out on the town. The Swissotel flaunts 40 suites in several different styles, so you can rest assured that your room will suit your taste.
The Peninsula Chicago: This Magnificent Mile hotel is situated right by Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, and you'll never run out of dining options when you stay in this centrally-located spot.

If you’d like to find a hotel even closer to home, then the's luxury hotels collection is your next stop. You can browse hotels by state and find the perfect luxe hotel for your next break.

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