Alternatives to Body Scans Do Exist
January 9, 2010
The Canadian government and governments around the world are considering sizable investments in body scan technology in an attempt to improve airport security.
However, privacy advocates and members of the public have expressed reservations over the use of scanners, especially for children. In Britain, body scanners would contravene child pornography legislation. Additionally, body scanners cannot easily detect internal explosives, which have been used in incidents before.
Alternatives to body scans do exist to address these concerns. Omar Ha-Redeye, who has a background in diagnostic imaging and emergency management, says that diffraction-enhanced X-ray imaging (DEXI) machines would protect the privacy of the public while also detecting internal hazards.
"Before throwing millions of tax-payers dollars at technology that only half-works, our elected officials should closely weigh all the options," said Ha-Redeye, who is currently completing a law degree at the University of Western Ontario.
An estimated $11 million dollars are allocated for 44 body scanners across Canada.For more information contact
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