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If Amsterdam airport had a high-tech body scanner, the Christmas panty-crotch bomber wouldn’t have gotten on board.They’re in use at 19 US airports, so far.For those with privacy concerns about the explicit images they can produce, there is the option of a pat-down search.
Can you visualize the pat-down searches?Do you believe that a pat-down search would be as revealing of metal or non-metallic weapons, plastic or chemical explosives?
The Dutch are now using full-body scanners for US bound flights. “New software, however, eliminates that problem by projecting a stylized image onto a computer screen, highlighting the area of the body where objects are concealed in pockets or under the clothing and alerting security guards.”
Not to let science stand in the way of disarming security, the Figh Council of North America affiliate of the Islamic Society of North America and CAIR protesteth.
"It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women," FCNA explained. The group noted that Islam emphasizes modesty, considering it part of the faith. "The Qur'an has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts" and to be modest in their dress.
While exceptions can be made in cases of "extreme necessity," FCNA indicated that passenger body scans do not rise to that level.
I wonder if using them for this purposewould rise to that level?
An Arab Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates is suing his wife for emotional and moral damage after he married her without seeing her face and discovered that she was cross-eyed and had a beard.
You write "If Amsterdam airport had a high-tech body scanner, the Christmas ... bomber wouldn’t have gotten on board. "
Yet much closer to the time I saw a lot of articles and blog posts where knowledgeable experts said just the opposite -- that even the new body-scanners would not have revealed the explosive, given its composition and density.
e.g.: search on "scanner on the Schneier blog.
A magnetometer sure is yesterday's technology, so perhaps it is better to step-through a mm-wave scanner than an iron-detector nowadays, especially if it is as effective or more effective at the same task plus more. But we shouldn't be arguing for any technology, such as explosive sniffers or scanners, if we already know it is ineffective against the threat we expect it to detect.
That "revelation" of naked photos of the Bollywood star was made on the Jonathan Ross late night comedy program:
If it was not blagging, I'll eat my exploding shorts.
You know I've always wondered about the constitutional issues involved in body scanners. It seems like they could be considered an illegal search in many cases, since unlike metal detectors they are not limited to detecting weapons alone. Would it pass constitutional muster if they also detected cocaine on someone for example? Just a thought.
In October the TSA proclaimed that they had issued new rules stating "screening may not be conducted to detect evidence of crimes unrelated to transportation security". By doing so they got the ACLU to drop a 4th amendment case that the government surely would have lost.
Yet last week the Nashville news programs were quite gung-ho at how wonderful it was that the screeners had detected a "gift card scam" via luggage inspection, and 5 people were arrested at Nashville airport as a result.
So even with our current bag x-ray system, the TSA is quite happy to brag that they violate the 4th , if they think that it will get them good press for stopping a crime unrelated to air travel security.