Researchers have found that not only did the body scanners at some U.S. airports expose a traveler’s private parts, they weren’t very good at finding weapons.
Guns, knives and faux explosives were among the contraband snuck past the backscatter X-ray by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University, who bought a surplus Rapiscan Secure 1000 on eBay.
The machine was still wrapped in plastic when J. Alex Halderman and others on the research team bought it from a seller in Europe for about $50,000
Their team found several vulnerabilities to render the scanner ineffective for screening contraband from those who had prior access to the machine.
The TSA was roundly criticized over privacy concerns because Transportation Security Administration officers
were able to look at was essentially the naked body of each traveler.