Monday, January 04, 2010
The naked passengerI must say, I'm not really thrilled about this whole digital strip-search idea: Germany Reconsiders Controversial Airport Security Measure Der Spiegel 12/30/09:
It is highly likely that, had Abdulmutallab passed through such a scanner, the explosives he had moulded to his inner thigh would have been detected. And in fact, such scanners are already in use at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, where Abdulmutallab boarded the flight to Detroit. But as NRC Handelsblad reports Abdulmutallab never passed through Amsterdam customs because, as a transit passenger with a connecting flight, he technically never entered the Netherlands. He was simply subjected to another standard security check before boarding the flight to Detroit.Something for bets for the new year: how many weeks will it be before airport body scan images of celebrities and models begin showing up on the Internet?
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