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New Airport Scanners Will
Reveal Breasts and Gentials


New security airport scanners are so efficient they can pick up passengers' personal details such as BREAST and GENITAL size.

The hi-tech machines are being installed in ten US airports and take just seconds to scan plane passengers.

They are designed to replace the physical pat-downs that is currently widespread in airports.

A random selection of plane travellers in Washington, New York's Kennedy, Los Angeles and other key hubs will be shut in glass booths while a three-dimensional image is made of their body beneath their clothes.

The booths close around the passenger and emit "millimetre waves" that go through cloth to identify metal, plastics, ceramics, chemical materials and explosives, according to the Transport Safety Authority (TSA).

Sexual organs

While it allows the security screeners - looking at the images in a separate room - to clearly see the passenger's sexual organs as well as other details of their bodies, the passenger's face is blurred, TSA said.

The authority introduced the body scanners in April in airports, first in the Phoenix, Arizona terminal.

The installations are continuing this month, with machines in place or planned for airports in Washington (Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International), Dallas, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Miami and Detroit.

The new machines have provoked worries among passengers and rights activists.

Barry Steinhardt, director of the technology and liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said: "People have no idea how graphic the images are."

The ACLU said passengers expecting privacy underneath their clothing "should not be required to display highly personal details of their bodies such as evidence of mastectomies, colostomy appliances, penile implants, catheter tubes and the size of their breasts or genitals as a pre-requisite to boarding a plane".

Besides masking their faces, the TSA says on its website, the images made "will not be printed stored or transmitted.

"Once the transportation security officer has viewed the image and resolved anomalies, the image is erased from the screen permanently. The officer is unable to print, export, store or transmit the image."

Lara Uselding, a TSA spokeswoman, said passengers were not obliged to accept the new machines.

"The passengers can choose between the body imaging and the pat-down," she said.

TSA foresees 30 of the machines installed across the country by the end of 2008. In Europe, Amsterdam's Schipol airport is already using the scanners.


Reference Sources: thesun.co.uk
December 30, 2009
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