better airport scanners delayed by privacy fears
Technology security scanners that could stop Christmas trying to blow up passenger planes have been installed at a handful of airports around the world, largely because of concerns about the ability of machines to dress. The body-
Scanning technology is available in at least 19 countries in the United States. S.
But European officials usually limit the airport to trial operations.
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdul Mutalab is accused of trying to ignite explosives as a jet at Northwest Airlines is about to land in Detroit, he did not take off at the airport in Amsterdam. Full-
Full body scan-
Evert van Zwol, head of the Dutch Pilots Association, said the body scanner \"will definitely help in this case . \".
The technology has drawn strong protests from privacy regulators as it can show the contours of the body in embarrassing clarity.
These concerns have slowed the introduction of machines.
Jay Stanley, director of public education for the American Civil Liberties Union Technology and Freedom program, said these machines basically perform \"virtual zone searches, browse your clothes, and reveal the size and shape of your body.
Officials say Abdul Mutalab passed a routine security check at the gate of Amsterdam before boarding the plane.
It is believed that he stuffed a small bag containing the powder of PETN explosives into his trousers or underwear, possibly with liquid detonators.
Advanced scanning machines because these items do not trigger metal detectors. S.
The Department of Homeland Security\'s Traffic Safety Authority has begun installing two advanced scanning machines to provide more detailed pictures.
Each of these machines costs hundreds of billions of dollars to screen air passengers without physical contact.
They can reveal plastic or chemical explosives and non-
This scanner \"provides the best protection for the broadest threat,\" said Joe Reiss, vice president of marketing at American science and engineering.
The company makes machines for prisons, military agencies, foreign customs patrols and other clients but has no contract with TSA.
TSA has deployed 40 radio waves to generate 3-
Size image based on the energy reflected back from the body.
Six of these machines are made up of L-
3 Communications Holdings Limited
, Used in what TSA calls the \"primary screening\" of six U. S.
Airport: Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Las Vegas, Nevada; Miami, Florida;
San Francisco, California;
Salt Lake City, Utah;
And Tulsa of Thunder.
This means that passengers can receive pat-by scanning instead of metal detectors, although they have the option to receive-
Instead, the search was conducted from security officials.
The rest of the machines are being used in 13 USA. S.
Passengers who detonated metal detectors at the airport for secondary security check: Atlanta;
Dallas/Fort Worth; Indianapolis;
Jackson and Tampa, Florida; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Raleigh-
Durham, North Carolina;
Ronald Reagan Washington state; and Detroit.
Travelers can choose to Pat
On the contrary, the same is true in these cases.
The agency also said it has purchased 150 \"reverse scattering\" machines that use low levelslevel X-
Create two kinds of light
Body size images from Rapiscan Systems, a unit of OSI Systems Inc.
The machines cost $190,000 each and are expected to be deployed in the United States. S.
Airport in 2010
Peter Kant, executive vice president of global government affairs at Rapiscan, said: \"The machine gives very accurate and accurate images of things that are not physically physical . \".
However, on last June, the House voted 310-
118 banned all-
Body Imaging for primary screening.
The measure, still to be approved by the Senate, will limit the use of these devices for secondary screening.
\"As a society, we have to find a balance between personal privacy and the need to protect aircraft,\" the Republican representative said . \".
Jason chaffitz, who launched the measure.
\"There is no simple answer.
Executives of companies that make these machines insist that there is a way to achieve that balance.
Kant says the technology has developed enough to produce body images that look like a chalk outline.
In addition, Colin mcseni, communications manager at Smith testing, notes that privacy filters can blur faces, and Smith testing, a British company that produces millimeter wave machines that are being tested in Europe and the United States.
As far as TSA is concerned, it says that by ensuring that all
Watch body images on the wall
Location not visible to the public.
In addition, the security officer assisting the passenger was unable to view the image, and the security officer who viewed the image could never see the passenger.
In addition, machines cannot store, print or transmit any images they make.
McSeveny said: \"After all, all they\'re looking for is something that shouldn\'t be there.
\"In addition to the existing or recently purchased scanners by TSA, the agency said it plans to purchase another 300 units.
In Europe, however, the EU Parliament voted on October 2008 to do more research on privacy before fully deploying machines at European airports.
Amsterdam airport has been running a complete test project
The three-year body scanner is mainly for some European flights.
In the last five weeks, a machine was tested there by L-
3, designed to enhance the privacy of passengers through software rather than people to analyze the images generated by the scanner.
If the software detects an exception--
For example, something tied to a leg ---
It reminds the human filter to observe the human leg directly.
\"So no one has seen any images,\" said Ron luvaser, head of airport security.
\"The result is very, very good.
I am very confident about this.
In May, TSA gave up the \"Blowfish\" made by General Electric \".
Detective Smith blew the air on the passengers to clear the small amount of explosives.
The government says the maintenance costs of these machines are too high and they fail regularly when exposed to dust or humidity.
18 dolphins are still deployed in the United States. S. airports.