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Controversial 'naked' airport body scanners to be scrapped failing to receive European approval
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Septermber 17, 2012 | LARISA BROWN and JAYA NARAIN

Posted on 09/19/2012 10:29:38 AM PDT by opentalk

The last remaining full-body X-ray airport scanners are to be scrapped within weeks.

The security systems, which have been tested at air terminals since 2009, scan through passengers’ clothes, creating a detailed ghost-like image of the naked body. The scan is then viewed by security staff.

Critics said the machines invaded passengers’ privacy and the radiation they generate raised the risk of cancer. Some Muslim groups also refused to walk through them on religious grounds.

...The report from the EC's Committee in May said radiation doses were 'very low' compared with other sources such as cosmic radiation received during flights. But it did add that the long-term effects, such as cancer risks, could not be 'entirely excluded'.

American academic Dr David Brenner said he believed the scanner could deliver up to 20 times more radiation to the skin than previously thought -potentially increasing the risk of skin cancer. Fears were also raised that the scanners were an invasion of privacy and some passengers and religious groups had questioned their use.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dhs; eu; michaelchertoff; money; privacy; safety; tsa

1 posted on 09/19/2012 10:29:41 AM PDT by opentalk
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{this lamppost reserved for Michael Chertoff}


2 posted on 09/19/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: opentalk
America used to be the leader in freedom, and Europe would grudgingly and occasionally follow.

Now, it appears Europe is poised to take that role, and America will steadfastly refuse to follow.

3 posted on 09/19/2012 10:35:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz (RAGE MONKEY RULEZ!!!)
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Some Muslim groups also refused to walk through them on religious grounds.

...But they still caught their flights.

4 posted on 09/19/2012 10:37:29 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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Both times I have “opted out” they failed to put me through the metal detector, relying only on the pat-down. One could easily carry metal gun or knife parts that way.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 10:39:48 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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6 posted on 09/19/2012 10:41:03 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: Lazamataz

They have been also pushed back to GMO food.


7 posted on 09/19/2012 10:45:04 AM PDT by opentalk
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And the ones in use at US airports will be removed when... waiting....... still waiting .............STILL WAITING.


8 posted on 09/19/2012 10:47:55 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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Some Muslim groups also refused to walk through them on religious grounds.

Jihad is an obligation for all practicing muslims.

9 posted on 09/19/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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after how much taxpayer funds spent on them?


10 posted on 09/19/2012 11:03:44 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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I would so love to see an entire week in which airline passengers would opt out in large numbers, simply to gum up the works as much as possible. These machines need to go - the Israelis don’t use them and don’t need to do so, because they actually use their brains in designing a system to stop terrorists from boarding aircraft (and it WORKS). I am positive that we’re capable of the same, and that therefore the reason we have these machines and the associated pat-downs for those that opt out is for conditioning.


11 posted on 09/19/2012 11:31:04 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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Look for another underwear bomber to attempt an incident somewhere in Europe. They'll push the scanners through after that. Just like here.

Here the scanner issue was dead until they pulled that stunt. They got what they wanted after that.

12 posted on 09/19/2012 12:12:39 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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There were congressional hearings on it

Link to partial transcript of hearing regarding State dept.

Remember Obama was vacationing in Hawaii, acted like no big deal. DHS will probably buy up their inventory and ship here for malls , stadiums, train stations stations....

13 posted on 09/19/2012 2:33:45 PM PDT by opentalk
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