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New Airport Body Scans Don’t Detect All Weapons

Posted By admin On January 13, 2010 @ 10:13 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

John Hamilton
NPR [1]
Wednesday, January 13, 2009

The Obama administration’s plan to protect air travelers from terrorists is counting on a technology that is powerful but imperfect, experts say.

The plan will place hundreds of full-body scanners in airports around the country. These scanners use a technology called backscatter X-ray to create images that can reveal weapons or explosives hidden beneath a person’s clothing.

But they don’t detect everything, and they won’t be in every airport.

Other experts, though, say backscatter scanners would probably miss a weapon or explosive concealed in a body cavity.

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And that apparent weakness has provided an opportunity for an Indiana company called Nesch LLC, which is developing another low-dose X-ray device that can find contraband where other scanners can’t.

This machine is called DEXI, for Diffraction Enhanced X-Ray Imaging.

“To my knowledge it’s the only one that very reliably can detect the presence of such substances, explosives or illegal substances that are hidden inside of a human body,” says Ivan Nesch, the company’s president and CEO.

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[1] NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122499686

[2] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.com/2009_christmas_special.htm

[3] Now naked body scans of passengers WON’T be viewed by airport staff unless images are ‘suspicious’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-naked-body-scans-of-passengers-wont-be-viewed-by-airport-staff-unless-images-are-suspicious.html

[4] Body scans eventually mandatory, TSA official says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/body-scans-eventually-mandatory-tsa-official-says.html

[5] Whole-body airport scanners are basically safe—or are they?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/whole-body-airport-scanners-are-basically-safe%e2%80%94or-are-they.html

[6] Refusing Full Body X-Ray Scans at the Airport: http://www.prisonplanet.com/refusing-full-body-x-ray-scans-at-the-airport.html

[7] UK Airport Refuses to Commit to Controversial Body Scanners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-airport-refuses-to-commit-to-controversial-body-scanners.html

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