About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

New Strip Search Scanner Will Show People Naked

by Gopalan on October 15, 2008 at 10:30 PM
Font : A-A+

 New Strip Search Scanner Will Show People Naked

Full body scanners now being trialled in Australian airports will show people naked.

But to spare their blushes, the faces of passengers will be blurred.

Advertisement

Domestic travellers leaving Melbourne airport over the next six weeks will be asked to test the new security scanners that can see through clothing.

The scanner uses a low energy X-ray to reveal any objects, metal or otherwise, under a person's clothing, including body features.

The testing will be entirely voluntary during the trial,  which is being undertaken to test how the  new scanners would affect the flow of passengers through the security point.
Advertisement

The X-ray backscatter body scanner has been described by critics as a "virtual strip search."

The scanner is similar to one that was trialled at Paddington station in London in 2006 in direct response to the tube bombings in July 2005.

Similar systems have also been tested at Gatwick airport, Daily Mail of Britain reports.

Cheryl Johnson, general manager of the Office of Transport Security, said:' 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,' she admitted

However, Ms Johnson said there were a number of measures in place to tackle concerns about 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," she 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," added Ms Johnson.

"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."

The new scanners will be tested at Melbourne Airport alongside 'next generation' baggage X-ray machines that can detect explosives in luggage.

Hand-held scanners that can detect explosives in liquids are also being tested.

Ms Johnson said these were a direct response to an alleged terrorist plot in  2006 to detonate liquid explosives on-board airliners.

She added all the scanners had tested well in laboratory conditions, but  information was needed on how they would impact on passenger amenity.

The trial runs until the end of the November, and the results will be analysed  before the technology is rolled out for real, possibly at domestic and international terminals.



Source: Medindia
GPL
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
New X-ray Technique Helps to Detect Hidden Explosives, Drugs and Cancers
Now it would be easier to detect hidden explosives, drugs and human cancers, using a new x-ray ......
Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a type of medical examination that uses X-rays and computer ......
PalmSecure Scans Veins in User's Palm for Identification
Forget fingerprint and iris scanners, the future of automated identification using body parts is in ...
Super Scanner Produce Clearer Image With Minimal Exposure to Radiation
Technology major Philips has invented a machine which can reveal the interior of a patient's body .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use