Saturday, January 9, 2010

Debate intensifies over full-body scanners

The Christmas Day near-bombing invigorated an already-keen interest in whole-body scanners; there is debate going on over the effectiveness – and health risks – of the two main technologies available: millimeter-wave radiation and backscatter radiation; some suggest soft chemical ionization as an alternative

Security and health concerns over the use of full-body scanners in detecting terrorist threats have been raised following U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown’s decision to roll out the technology across Britain’s airports. The prime minister said that passengers would see the “gradual” introduction of the scanners for flights in and out of the UK, alongside the use of metal detectors and hand-luggage checks, as part of a heightened security screening process.

Read Full Story in Homeland Security Newswire

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