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article imageFull-Body Scanners Perhaps Seriously Flawed

By R. C. Camphausen     Jan 3, 2010 in Technology
In addition to privacy concerns and potential health hazards, new information emerges that full-body scanners can't even detect liquid explosives such as were carried aboard during Christmas 2009
In the United Kingdom, PM Gordon Brown has clearly stated that future passengers will have to put up with being scanned by the controversial scanners recently reported by Digital Journal as perhaps not safe, health wise.
Today, with the Guardian reporting that such scanners are being ordered right now, the question arises why this is happening so fast.
The PM himself has recently ordered a review of the scanners, yet in his interview on BBC One's Andrew Marr program, he made it clear that he's not prepared to wait for facts and evidence to come forward from the review, but that the scanners will be installed right away at six British airports, "with or without" international cooperation.
Meanwhile, it not only emerges that a single scanner costs circa 100 thousand Pounds (170.000 CAD), but also that the scanners may not be able to detect material such as smuggled on board of a plane by the so-called Crotch Bomber during Christmas. The Independent on Sunday speaks about several tests that have not shown the scanners to be successful in situations akin to the one last week.
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