An activist blogger from Miami Beach has released a bombshell of a video demonstrating of how the airport body scanners can be easily thwarted, making a mockery of the technology being used for airport security purposes.

The video shows a young man's experiment in which he made a white cloth pocket in he hid a metal tin inside his top. This method saw him successfully through the airport's X-ray backscatter body scanner without arousing any suspicion. The experiment was successful, according to the activist, is that the body scanners rely on the contrast of objects against the lighter background of the automatically suspected passenger. So potential terrorists and general evil-doers only need to hide their contriband in a light or beige coloured cloth pocket to get past these very expensive (and radioactive) security theatre props.

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Airport body scanner were first introduced into United States airports in May 2007 and have caused privacy and health concerns for travellers.

Australian airports have been trialling different kinds of body scanning techology over past months, such as the trial of the US style back-scatter X-rays at Melbourne airport last year, despite assuring the public that a non-radioactive variety would be used. Despite claims that the newer millimeter-wave body scanning technology is safer than the Back-scatter X-ray types, no safety studies have been released.

While statements have been made that body scanners in Australian airports not use naked images of passengers, similar claims were made by the TSA (links to PDF) in the United States which have been proven false.

 


 

SOURCES:

http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/

http://youtu.be/olEoc_1ZkfA

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/03/tsa_body_scanner_video.php

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