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Germany, Netherlands & Chicago To Introduce Body Scanners

O’Hare to get body scanners

MARY WISNIEWSKI
Chicago Sun Times
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Privacy advocates worry that new body-scanning security equipment due to come to O’Hare Airport next year will interfere with passengers’ rights to keep their body images to themselves.

But the former head of security for the Federal Aviation Administration believes the scanners, which see through clothing, are long overdue.

“We should have had them in already,” said Billie Vincent, now CEO and president of Aerospace Services International Inc., an electronics security company. He said the technology should be used for secondary screening of passengers selected for extra inspection. “It’s a very necessary part of the system. O’Hare needs it.”

Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said Tuesday that the Transportation Security Agency plans to bring full-body scanners to the airport in the first half of the year — possibly by April. She did not give details on how the scanners would be deployed.

Ed Yohnka, director of communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said it’s puzzling that full-body scanners are being seen as a solution, when officials had knowledge about Abdulmutallab that they didn’t use.

“Because that intelligence was not acted upon, the best we can do is subject thousands and perhaps millions of Americans to a virtual strip search simply for getting on an airline flight?” said Yohnka. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”

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Germany May Use Body Scanners at Airports, Sueddeutsche Says

Rainer Buergin
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — Germany may use next-generation body scanners at airports, devices that invade passengers’ privacy less than experimental scanners in use today, Sueddeutsche Zeitung cited Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying.

Scanners that show genitals, implants or prostheses to security staff would be unacceptable.

Devices under development that give a blurred picture of body contours while still showing dangerous objects would be tolerable as long as they pose no threat to passengers’ health, de Maiziere told the newspaper.

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Dutch to use body scanners for U.S.-bound flights

CBC News

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Dutch government announced it will begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States following an attempt to detonate an explosive on a U.S.-bound flight from Amsterdam.

Dutch Interior Minister Guusje Ter Horst told reporters on Wednesday that in three weeks there should be 15 scanners set up at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, “which will increase security significantly because these scanners also detect non-metal objects.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, boarded a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. He is accused of carrying explosives on the flight but failing to successfully detonate them.

Ter Horst said current security measures include body searches and detection gates that only detect metal.

“This system, of course, is not water tight,” she said

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