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Full-Body Airport Scanners Met With Skepticism

Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 11:48 PM


Full-body scanners could have foiled the Christmas Day airline bomb plot, some experts say. In 2010, US airports will add at least 150 to the 40 already in use, the TSA says. But critics say the machines won't help.

Many security experts have suggested that a full-body scanner – which allows screeners to scan a person’s body through their clothing – would have seen the explosive that the alleged would-be bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had stitched into his underwear.

But the sudden rush for full-body scanners has met with deep skepticism in some quarters.

Not only do civil libertarians call them “virtual strip searches,” but some security and industry analysts say the machines are easily foiled by hiding explosives in body cavities. Moreover, their huge cost puts further stress on an already-troubled industry – meaning these costs will likely be passed on to the consumer.

“You would have to put [scanners] in every airport from Nantucket to Namibia to make them effective, and even then, they’re not 100 percent effective,” says aviation expert George Hobica. “Small airports and foreign airports are the chink in the armor.”

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