stories filed under: "malfunction"
by Mike Masnick
Thu, Nov 18th 2010 6:04pm
We're still waiting for anyone at the TSA to explain what they've caught with the naked
backscatter millimeter wave scanners, but the more people look into these devices the worse they look in terms of actually providing security. Glyn Moody points us to a story in Europe, where the same machines are being tested, tests have shown that the machines regularly malfunction and a big problem is that it has trouble comprehending folds in peoples' clothing. Yes, that's right. It might be a bomb... or it might just be your pleated pants. In other words, rather than being an either/or situation, there seems like a half decent chance that you'll both have a naked scan and then get groped, just because you wore something with folded fabric. Updated: to reflect that this is the millimeter wave scanners, not the backscatter ones, though the two are similar overall.