EU to end use of Full-Body Scanners
Posted on September 28, 2012 by
The European Union will be phasing out the use of Full-Body X-ray imaging scanners at airports through Europe. The controversial machines had been put into service following the failed 2009 "underwear bomber" incident.
European Union rules only permit a 3 year window for security trials. Though the equipment apparently was viewed favorably by the EU, they lacked approval for continuation of use beyond that period.
Seen by many as invasive to privacy, there is also a fear of cancer risk from exposure to the x-rays. Expert opinions vary on the associated risks, with many saying the machines expose passengers to no more radiation than they receive in mid-air during a flight.
The machines are still in use at select US airports (Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and New York Newark). Passengers have the option to decline the scan, and instead receive a manual pat-down.
What do you think of the scanners? Should the US ban them? Or is security worth the potential cancer risk and invasion of privacy?
Source: Dailymail (UK)