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University researchers say full body scanners can be beaten


ANN ARBOR (WKZO) -- Here is another piece of Government Surplus that local law enforcement may want to send back to Uncle Sam.

University of Michigan researchers have joined researchers from other universities and found that the full-body scan devices that the TSA purchased and used for five years to stop terrorists at airports will clearly show your private parts but can miss guns, bombs or knives.

A group of collegiate researchers were able to obtain one of the Rapiscan Systems “Secure 1000” scanning machines from E-Bay. They say any terrorist organization could have done the same.

They were able to esperiment with different materials and strategies, using Teflon tape to conceal guns, or placing pistols behind knee joints to mask them from the scanner. 

Molding explosives to the body also made it possible to fool the scanner.

The technology cost a billion dollars to develop and manufacture, and the scanners cost about 180-thousand dollars each.

The TSA stopped using them a year ago because of complaints about privacy.

Many of them are now used in jails and court houses.