Full Body Scanners May Not be The Answer

A Report in The Independent makes allegations that full body scanner which many in congress want in place at major  airports in the US.

In the United Kingdom, major airports including Heathrow and Gatwick just to    name a few have the full body scan.  However, security analysts say the scanners would not pick up  the explosive  that the Christmas Day attempted bomber wear.

The claims counters the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who has employed the technology throughout the UK . The Prime Minister, who has order a top to bottom  review of  airport technology since Umar Farouk Adullmutuab attempted to blow up Delta flight 235 a week and half ago.

The paper has learned that the Home Office (similar to US Department of Homeland Security) and Department for Transport  (similar to US  Transportation Department) have review the scanners were found that they would not work against terror threats involve aircraft.

Critics of Prime Minister Brown says he is over-playing the benefits of these scanners.

In addition, experts here in the US say airport pat-down which is use hundred of airports world-wide is not effective either. The security measure would not catch Abdulmutallab, who had a package of PETN an explosive sown in crotch of briefs. He also carried a syrnge of second explosive which acts as detonation devise.

Since the Christmas Day attempted attack the full body scanners                “millimeter-wave” technology  touted as a solution of detecting explosives  instead of metal detectors, such as  liquids, plastic and chemical explosives.

But Ben Wallace conservative Member of Parliament who worked with British defense research scientists  to  develop scanners use at the airports said research trials  show that low density explosives like PTEN was undetectable.

Scientist at Qinetic a security firm in the UK which MP Wallace work with in 2005  found   millimeter-wave scanners  picked up heavy wax, metal and shrapnel. Plastic, liquid and chemical were not discovered.

If the material is low density material like plasitc,  powder. liquid as well as the passenger’s clothing the millimeter waves would pass through. High density material such as knives, guns and plastic explosives like C4 detected.

Mr Wallace said: “Gordon Brown is grasping at headlines if he thinks buying a couple of scanners will make us safer. It is too little, too late. Under his leadership, he starved the defence research budget that could have funded a comprehensive solution while at the same time he has weakened our border security.

“Scanners cannot give a comprehensive solution on their own. We must now start to ask if national security demands the use of profiling.”

Sources at Whitehall say the government have already test the scanners  for security purposes.

The Independent has more.


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