Revived Interest in Full-Body Scanners
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACYJanuary 4, 2010
The thwarted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound plane has prompted a new interest in bringing full-body imaging scanners to airports worldwide, the Washington Post reports. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ordered 150 scanners to add to its complement of 40 already in place at American airports, and has received funding approval for an additional 300. Leaders in Britain, Germany and elsewhere have signaled that they will install the scanners despite concerns about the revealing images produced by the scans, and Dutch officials will now require all U.S.-bound passengers to pass through the machines. U.S. lawmakers are expected to debate the issue upon reconvening this month.