Thursday, December 31, 2009

No Influex Of Airport Body Scanners In Immediate Future

Following the Christmas Day terrorist attempt aboard an Amsterdam to Detroit Northwest Airlines flight, the Dutch government announced it would be putting body scanners in for the screening of all air passengers.

Presumably the devices, which many in the United States had previously opposed on the grounds that they were too intrusive and anatomically revealing would have detected chemicals that the alleged terrorist had hidden in his underwear. But don't expect the United States to follow suit.

There is no budget for such an immediate purchase of scanners. Forty are in place in the U.S. Officials say they could increase that number - but only to about 150 - and then not until summer.

The Dutch plan to have all of theirs in place in some three weeks.

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