Sweaty Armpits Send up Security Flags Over Body Scanners

Posted Aug 2nd 2011 08:30 AMUpdated Aug 2nd 2011 12:12 PM


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There's been quite the controversy over full-body scanners at American airports, and now Australians are getting a taste of the drama. At Sydney Airport Monday it seems the devices' alarms were being set off by sweaty armpits.

According to news.com.au, the second person to use the new machine, which is part of a $6 million trial, set off the machine thrice. Airport security blamed it on the passenger's perspiration.

Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese called the new scanners the "most advanced passenger screening technology available in the world."

But, they have their detractors. German police, for instance, rejected the scanners as being too sensitive as multiple clothing layers, zippers and a passenger's posture can all confuse the machine.

Stateside, the scanners have come under fire more because of privacy and health issues – critics say the radiation they emit can be harmful. But, addressing the privacy issue, the Transportation Security Administration plans to roll out new software that prevents those notorious "naked" images.

What did the Aussies have to say about that issue?

"There were, I believe, some legitimate concerns about privacy that had been raised," Albanese told news.com.au. "We know unfortunately that we live in an unsafe world, and in those circumstances this government will ensure that people's security is looked after."

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Well, what about other wet body parts, No problem with those?

August 02 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I Never sweat when I use Deodorant but if I forget to (watch out niagra falls).

August 02 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

howabout hiring professional profiles !!! OH WAIT ..............that may not be politically correct. so when to next terrorist attack falls on innocent women and children from the free world at least we can say we didn't discriminant!!! thats the important part

August 02 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it's really sad that australia wants to be the u.s....

August 02 2011 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to undrgrndgirl's comment

go back underground till you've educated yourself

August 02 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of these days, TSA will pass out tissue to wipe your armpits and hospital gowns prior to scan.

August 02 2011 at 11:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply