No more embarrassment: Non-nude body scanner to undergo tests this week in Germany


Last week’s attacks in India have reminded us all of the keen danger that terrorism poses. But one tool that was to be employed at airports to combat terrorism, those body scanners that sometimes reveal a person’s, well, person, came under criticism. Fighting terror (inasmuch as you can fight it) is great and all, but should people literally be exposed in the process? The Germans say no, and are developing a body scanner that, while it does its job (detecting weapons and so forth), doesn’t show off your nude body to the leering airport screeners.

The new scanner will undergo proper laboratory tests this week.

The full-on “naked scanner” is already in use in other European countries such as the Netherlands.

Also, Germany-Netherlands make a fine football rivalry. Three cheers for random, tangentially related information!