Sunday, June 20, 2010

"Body scanner security checks to be tested at Narita July 5-Sept 10"

From today's Japan Today:

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism says that a body scanner security system using electromagnetic waves will be tested on passengers at Narita airport from July 5 through Sept 10 in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks on aircraft.

The scanner system can render images of human bodies and objects hidden under clothing. The ministry will call on passengers at the airport to cooperate in the first such tests to be conducted in Japan.

Similar systems have already been introduced at airports in the United States and Europe after explosive ingredients sewn into underwear passed through a metal detector in a foiled attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner last December.

To help protect passengers’ privacy, faces in the images will be blurred and they will be analyzed by officials of the same sex, while any data collected from the upcoming tests will not be retained, ministry officials said.

More invasions of privacy? More reasons why flying is no fun anymore?

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