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SnakebyteXX
11-24-2004, 07:42 AM
Airport X-ray sees through clothes

The machine uses low-level radiation to see through clothing.

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A new X-ray machine at London's Heathrow airport, which sees through passengers' clothes, has been attacked by civil liberties campaigners as a "voyeur's charter."

The machine uses low-level radiation to see through clothing, producing an anatomically detailed black and white image of the body underneath.

Capable of detecting solid objects concealed under clothing, it started a four month trial in October.

Randomly picked passengers are asked if they will volunteer to be scanned by the machine.

"I stood in front of the screen and they took three pictures in different positions," said passenger Pernille Nielsen.

"I don't mind if the pictures are a little more personal as long as I'm safe in air -- that's what matters," she told Reuters.

Another passenger, Maria Love, said: "It's all about being safe, and I really have no problem with it."

A spokeswoman for BAA Heathrow said 98 percent of participants gave positive feedback.

But British civil rights group Liberty called the X-ray images unjustified and intrusive.

"We obviously do not object to taking security measures, but I remain totally unconvinced that it is necessary," a spokesman said.

To justify the intrusion, the airport should show current detectors are inadequate, he added.

"It's an obvious invasion of people's privacy -- it's a voyeur's charter."

The American Transport Security Administration, which has considered using the machines at U.S. airports, echoed Liberty's concerns.

"There are a number of privacy issues that need to be addressed before we would do field tests," a spokeswoman said.

Scanners currently looking for concealed weapons or explosives on passengers have shown limitations in the past.

Traditional X-ray machines used to scan baggage have often struggled to identify plastic explosives, accidentally sounding alarms when detecting chocolate, cheese and peanut butter because of their similar density to the explosive Semtex.

Heathrow, which for security reasons declined to say how the new X-ray machine improves on current scanners, denies the machines could cause embarrassment.

"It's a very low dose X-ray, the images are not stored, it's same sex operated and the operator that sees the image will not see the person," said the airport spokeswoman.

"There will not be a situation that could cause embarrassment," she added.

Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airports, handling around 64 million passengers a year.


Link (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/11/09/xray.reut/)

Cueless Joey
11-24-2004, 08:48 AM
It's amazing why some morons would argue it's an invasion of privacy.
Hello, would you rather be frisked by hand? /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
Joey~Will volunteer as a frisker to women who object to airport x-ray~ /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SnakebyteXX
11-24-2004, 09:21 AM
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Joey~Will volunteer as a frisker to women who object to airport x-ray~ <hr /></blockquote>


Apparently, that job is pretty unpopular with many women fliers. The new x-ray device may be less invasive.

Security pat-downs anger fliers (http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/23/news/frisk.html)

Barbara
11-24-2004, 09:30 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SnakebyteXX:</font><hr> &lt;/font&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;font class="small"&gt;Quote:&lt;/font&gt;&lt;hr /&gt;
Joey~Will volunteer as a frisker to women who object to airport x-ray~ <hr /></blockquote>


Apparently, that job is pretty unpopular with many women fliers. The new x-ray device may be less invasive.

Security pat-downs anger fliers (http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/23/news/frisk.html) <hr /></blockquote>

I totally agree!

When I was flying back from Jacksonville the female guard took over 10 minutes to clear me. It was obvious what her sexual orientation was and it was very embarrassing. I really wanted to say something nasty to her but didn't want to get barred from flying home.

Barbara