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[*] Post 399819 posted on 3-1-2010 at 10:48 Reply With Quote
Body scanners in airports a "scam"


Since (Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's) attack was foiled, body-scanners, using "millimetre-wave" technology and revealing a naked image of a passenger, have been touted as a solution to the problem of detecting explosive devices that are not picked up by traditional metal detectors such as those containing liquids, chemicals or plastic explosive.

But Ben Wallace, the Conservative MP, who was formerly involved in a project by a leading British defence research firm to develop the scanners for airport use, said trials had shown that such low-density materials went undetected.

Are body scanners being touted as a solution so that passengers feel safer (without cause) and continue to fly? Is it more about money than safety?

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[*] Post 399842 posted on 3-1-2010 at 12:13 Reply With Quote

If it detects some problems / suspicious items, it is better than nothing.

And they don't even claim they can detect every item - if they did claim this, that would be fake protection.

But I think you'll find that the airports treat this seriously and spending large sums of money of a device that did nothing, to reduce fear but still damage their reputation if something got through would not be a course of action that they took.

Suppose someone did successfully smuggle a bomb on board via a terminal that didn't use such a scanner and the scanner was perfectly capable of detecting the object. What would you think of that terminal?
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