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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Are body scanners a necessary invasion of privacy?

March 3rd, 2010
03:06 PM ET

(CNN) - The first of 150 new full-body scanners are being installed at two of the busiest airports in the United States: Boston Logan and Chicago O'Hare.

Do you approve of the use of body scanners at airports?

Do you approve of the use of body scanners at airports?

The move comes after many international airports, including several in Europe,  introduced the machines as an added security precaution. Their introduction  followed the alleged attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

The scanning machines, which feature in Paula Newton's report for CNN, take a near-naked full-body image to reveal if a passenger has anything hidden underneath his or her clothes. Supporters of the devices believe they are a vital tool for security agencies in the fight against terrorism and will deter attacks by terrorists.

But the machines are also controversial. The American Civil Liberties Union has denounced them as a "virtual strip search," while Pope Benedict XVI has stressed the importance of protecting the "integrity" of travelers as they pass through airports.

But what do you think? Are body scanners an invasion of privacy? Or are they a vital tool to protect against attacks on air passengers? Have you yourself been body scanned? What was the experience like?

Leave your comments below and we'll use some of them on Connect the World tonight at 9GMT. And please let us know from where you are writing.

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Thursday's Connector: Clarence Seedorf

March 3rd, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Clarence Seedorf is one of the most decorated footballers of all time.

What do you want to ask Clarence Seedorf?

What do you want to ask Clarence Seedorf?

The articulate Dutchman has won Europe’s top club honour, the Champions League, with three different teams: Ajax, Real Madrid and twice with current club, AC Milan.

He has also won 89 international caps for the Netherlands, though he has not been selected for national duty since Euro 2008.

Off the pitch, the 33 year-old, who was born in Dutch-speaking Suriname in South America, works tirelessly for humanitarian causes.

Last year, he was named one of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Legacy Champions for the work done by his charity, Champions for Children.

The non-profit foundation was established to protect and support the conditions in which children and young people grow up around the world -– particularly in developing countries.

We’ll put your questions to Clarence during Thursday’s program. And please let us know from where you are writing.