Oct 22, 2008

Weird: Airport Scanners will Show Private Organs

Airplane flying in the skyThe person's genitals are about to be seen in airport scanners in Australia. Transport security authorities in Melbourne Airport will test the new "X-ray backscatter" body scanner or what critics call "virtual strip search". It will be tested over the next six weeks to domestic travellers.

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Using low energy X-ray, scanners will reveal any objects, metals and the like under the clothing of passengers that includes their private parts. The good news is that this will be done voluntarily during the trial period.

Cheryl Johnson, General Manager of the Office of Transport Security, said, "It does see through clothing, but it's not a photographic image, it's a low-energy X-ray that reflects off the skin. It will show the private parts of people, but what we've decided is that we're not going to blur those out, because it severely limits the detection capabilities. It is possible to see genitals and breasts while they're going through the machine, though."
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Airport transport security officer scans the passenger^The airport security officer checks the passenger in the scanner.

Ms. Johnson also reiterated that certain measures are practiced concerning the passengers' privacy. "The faces are automatically blurred and ... it's only a chalk-style outline, it's not as invasive as some of the other equipment that we've got. The security officer that's looking at it is located away from the screening lane, so there's no comparison of the person walking through and the image. The images are not saved, you literally walk through, the screener hits a button to say clear and the image goes."

Ms. Johnson continued that these activities are merely their response to an alleged terrorist plot in 2006 to on-board airliners.


Weird: Airport Scanners will Show Private Organs

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