German Authorities Reject “Useless” Radiation Body Scanners
Report suggests bad posture sets off alarm, leads to grope down
Aug 1, 2011
German police have described radiation-firing full body scanners as “useless”, following a 10-month trial, during which time alarm was unnecessarily raised far too frequently.
As reported by AFP:
“The weekly Welt am Sonntag, quoting a police report, said 35 percent of the 730,000 passengers checked by the scanners set off the alarm more than once despite being innocent.”
That equates to an alarm being set off without reason in roughly seven out of every ten cases.
The police report noted that the machines struggled to cope with layers of clothing, boots and zip fasteners.
In, addition, in 10 percent of cases the passenger’s posture set off the alarm.
The report concludes that the machines are too sensitive to movement and operate too slowly to be of any practical use. The federal authorities have no interest in carrying out more tests with the machines at this time.
Despite these findings, the Department of Homeland Security in the US plans to roll out hundreds more of the machines into airports across the country.
TSA head John Pistole and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano have consistently stated that the machine have passed rigorous safety and efficiency tests.
However, as we have repeatedly highlighted, the machines would not have prevented the 2009 Christmas Day bomber from boarding Flight 253, according to their designers, and other security experts who have dismissed the devices as “useless”.
The imaging machines cannot even detect explosive material, so claiming, as Napolitano does, that they are “our best defense against such threats” is misleading at best and at worst a complete lie.