Body-scanning machine being tested

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body-scanner-airport.jpgSky Harbor International Airport was the first in the US that undertook the task of testing a new body-scanning machine, where if proved successful in daily use, could potentially replace the metal detectors which passengers walk through at airports. Thursday afternoon marked the day and time where security officials started sending passengers through the full-body scan machine at the airport’s Terminal 4 on a test basis. This new body scanning machine utilizes radio waves to detect foreign objects, creating an image based on energy that is reflected from the body. This digitally composed image is then viewed by an operator in a private screening room, where the faces of those being screen have been blurred out so that their privacy will be preserved.

For those who are worried that the images displayed would outrage their modesty, fret not. According to Whitney Weller, a spokesman for L-3 Communications, the defense contractor that developed the machine, the scanned images are not explicit in any way. Some privacy advocates have equated this form of body scanning to strip searching, but Mr. Weller claims otherwise, saying that it is a “safe and effective method that most people prefer”. Is that statement true? Research has shown that up to 70% of people prefer an electronic method instead of being groped. I suppose I don’t mind, but there would be a certain amount of prudes around that do. Which camp do you fall into?

The 3D image garnered resembles that of a photo negative, where the passenger’s body is colored in silver tones against a black background. A media demonstration showed that a female model displayed nothing but the outline of clothing including a brassiere and underwear, but nothing else beyond the body’s contours were shown. The scanning portal takes no more than 5 seconds to scan a whole body, which makes the entire boarding process much faster.

Source: Dallas News

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Miele wasmachine Says: May 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Kijk, dit vind ik nou een Interessant artikel! Waar heb je de feiten vandaan gehaald? Ik heb zelf ook een blog, misschien wel leuk om even te vermelden, aangezien het ook over wasmachines gaat: http://www.wasmachinekeuze.nl/ Bedankt, Mark

Klak Says: January 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I don’t care if they do body scan to me as long as they also do it to all other airline passengers.

Having the full body scan is worth it when it comes to our SAFETY.

Davis Says: January 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

Where does it end ,ok we’re going to take nude pictures of everyone because .5% of you might want to blow us up. As the smartest man in history said “those who would sacrifice freedom in the name of safety deserve nor will they obtain either.”- Ben Franklin

Robo Says: January 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Those of you who would submit to this are traitors to humanity. How degrading is it to have a bunch of TSA slobs looking at your naked body? prison planet dot com

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