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Airport Security Scanners Don’t Work, Johns Hopkins Research Says

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Though the scanner doesn't pick it up, n this image, there is a .380 ACP pistol taped above the subject’s knee. Image via radsec.org
Though the scanner doesn’t pick it up, n this image, there is a .380 ACP pistol taped above the subject’s knee. Image via radsec.org

If you’ve flown out of a major airport (like, say, BWI) over the past five years, odds are you’ve gone through one of those fancy new full-body scanners at airport security. They certainly seem more useful than the old-school metal detectors — but, according to recent research by a group of computer scientists, including one from Johns Hopkins, they have serious flaws of their own.

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