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Rapiscan Airport Scanners Useless: Failed to detect guns, knives, explosives

August 20, 2014 | MarketWatch

Rapiscan Secure 1000, the full-body scanner deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013, was so unreliable that a team of researchers with no terrorist training were able to smuggle guns, knives and explosives past the machine without detection.

The researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University were also able to manipulate the operating software so that the operator got an “all clear” image even when a banned item was detected.


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gaylbaby's picture

I love the comments. :)

"TSA, (Tough Ship America)"

"The scanners were eventually taken out of service... ...and are being redeployed to jails and courthouses."

"Couldn't detect guns, knives and explosives but they did detect my junk 100% of the time and I'm sure there are pictures stored in at least 25 airports around the country.

I guess if you subscribe to the theory that terrorists have small packages then these machines were very useful in the hunt for small junk.

BTW, now that TSA has scanned everyone's private parts and retired these machines, can't hardly wait to see their next brainstorm."

meekandmild's picture

and you can buy one on E-bay


Wow, that's really the name of it?

The rape i scan?

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant