Police in Germany disapprove of controversial new X-ray body scanners being tested at Hamburg airport. According to reports, the scanners are too sensitive and trigger unnecessary alarm in 70% of cases. The test was quite extensive and according to a police report 35% of the 730,000 passengers checked by the scanners set off the alarm more than once and for no discernible reason. After a 10-month trial, police told US manufacturer L3 Communications to make the scanner less sensitive to particular types of clothing and to improve the software. This is bad news for the US firm whose product has caused uproar among the travelling public. The device was recently trialled New Zealand and met with fierce opposition. Green Party MP Keith Locke even deemed the trial illegal, adding that the device “does show anatomical details”.
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