posted on Jun, 26 2003 @ 01:55 AM
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Susan Hallowell steps into a metal booth that bounces X-rays off her skin, producing a black-and-white image that reveals
enough to produce a world-class blush.
To the eye, she is dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark, business-like colors.
On the monitor, the director of the Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory is naked, except for a gun and a bomb that she hid
under her outfit.
The government is considering using the technology at airport security checkpoints because the magnetometers now in use cannot detect plastic weapons
or substances used in explosives.
The agency is trying to find a way to modify the machines with an electronic fig leaf — programming that fuzzes out sensitive body parts or distorts
the body so it is unrecognizable.
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This seems to be an invasion of privacy, but on the other hand it could be an effective security device that ends up saving lives.
What are your thoughts?