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Body scanner might be ineffective in airports

May 9, 2012, 10:38 am

Wired Magazine reported that Homeland Security investigators have found “vulnerabilities” in the current body scanning technology and published a summary suggesting eight new recommendations for improved screening at airports. Those recommendations are classified.

The news comes recently after the thwarted underwear bomb plot by al-Qaeda, showing the terror organizations fixation on aviation as a target, but it also brought other issues to light. Authorities are now trying to determine if the bomb could have made it through airport security undetected.

Wired reported that even the investigative branch of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, said the device, referring to the X-ray body scanner, might be ineffective.

The summary report by the Department of Homeland Security did say it spent $87 million to replace the old magnetometer metal detectors with the new X-ray body scanners, $10 million was for installation and that it is also spending $7 million to “remove the human factor from the image review process,” and replace a human image with an avatar.

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