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a TSA worker from Miami International Airport was arrested after police say he attacked a colleague who mocked his genitalia after he walked through a new, high-tech scanner. ...
according to the police report, it "revealed [Negron] had a small penis." ...
The case serves to fuel the debate over security versus privacy. Civil libertarians have decried the body scans as unwarranted strip searches.
The machine creates an image that looks like a fuzzy negative.
So would naked scanners have exposed the pants? When asked if naked scanners would have detected the small quantity of explosives involved in the pants incident even Johnson, who was trying to big up this illiberal hi-tech toy, couldn't say more than: "the indications are that given where the PETN was placed, there would have been a 50 to 60 per cent. chance of its being detected." Many experts do not agree, the Independent newspaper reported : "Scanners can certainly pick up metal objects including knives, but whether they could have detected powder plastic explosive such as the 3oz of PETN is extremely doubtful. The kind of explosive Abdulmutallab used was low-density and so probably wouldn't have shown up on the scanner."