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Retired US airport body scanners fail to spot guns, knives

Tests on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 shows weapons can be smuggled by exploiting weaknesses

  • Hovav Shacham of the University of California at San Diego was part of a team of researchers who have showed how weapons can be concealed from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 body scanner, which was in wide use in U.S. airports through last year.

  • A .380 pistol taped above a person's knee is invisible to the Rapiscan Secure 1000 body scanner, which was in wide use at U.S. airports through last year.

  • Researchers bought a Rapiscan Secure 1000 on eBay from a seller who purchased it at an auction of surplus U.S. government equipment.

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