Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Body Scanners: The Naked Truth

by David Rittgers

New York Post
November 17, 2010

The body scanners coming to your local airport provide marginal benefits -- if any -- in detecting weapons and explosives hidden on travelers. They aren't worth the cost in money -- let alone in civil liberties.

The Transportation Security Administration has put these machines -- X-ray and radio-wave booths that look beneath clothing to perform virtual strip searches -- across the nation and around the world. Industry advocates claim the technology's needed to stop terrorists with explosives hidden under their clothes like Christmas bomber Farouk Abdulmutallab.