As for the EU part.. that would be far more logical up to a point. As you can read there are serious privacy issues with such scanners. I am glad that someone takes privacy and the rights of the individual seriously in an age where government tends to piss on both in the pursuit of the holy grail of "security".
As it says in the BBC link
But as usual the Telegraph miss interprets the whole situation and frankly is highly biased. It goes after the EU for "slowing down" the implementing of the scanners, but does not explain why. You have to go to the BBC article for a much more balanced view on the situation.Privacy concerns have delayed adoption of the scanners at EU airports.
But if you read the BBC article, you would see that it IS the US that slowing down the scanners for US flights.
So yes, the US has delayed the implementation of scanners for US flights, not the EU so your attempt to debunk my claim has some what failed. So the Telegraph article is biased and false, where as the Times article is much closer to the truth.Schiphol's scanners are only used for European flights, and the US "still has to agree on the privacy issue," Ms Snoerwang said. "But this incident may make that quicker," she added.
And lets not forget, these scanners would most likely NOT have spotted the crotch bomb of the Christmas day bomber.
And lets not forget, that most US airports also dont have these scanners because of... the same privacy issues that are delaying them in the EU.
Before making comment on who is to blame for what I want to know whether having or not having this type of technology in place would have detected this type of BOMB. Can you tell this type of BOMB from "Depends" and what if the Depends has a full load on board when passing through the detector? Then think about the poor person who gets the task of checking to see which kind of bomb the seemingly suspicious mass is. Naturally man made or chemical.
Technology should be used and consideration for personal privacy will have to take a back seat to safety for now.
In this case the people who allowed this crazy on the plane are to blame and heads should role over it, Homeland Security idiot in Chief Napolitano should be fired along with her BOSS for not calling the radical Muslim terrorists what they are.
In fact go to
U. S. Bureau of Industry and Security
and you will see what is required to have an export license.... yes, the US has licences on certain goods to be exported.
In fact when IBM sold its PC division to the Chinese, it had to comply with Federal requirements on security at IBM plants in the US where Levono employees were to be stationed. The levono employees had to be housed in separate secure areas of the IBM campus to win approval.
So it is very real when it comes to technology exports from the US.
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In this case it could easily be some sort of software or technology in the body scanners that would fall under the rules for getting export licence. Saying that, exporting to Holland should not be a problem since it is seen as a safe place, where as to Nigeria.. well.
I am no expert on the technology, but I am pointing out that all technology from the US is subject to the rules and regulation by the Federal government when it comes to export even to Europe and that could be a reason for the US delaying the implementation in Europe. And with the lack of information in the OP article about why, then it is a very valid explanation along with the privacy explanation... which is also political btw.
That is why for a large part of the late 1990s and early part of this century, the PGP software (private encryption) was in 2 versions.. one for the US market and one for the rest of the world. The US market version was more advanced and forbidden for export. That the inventor got pissed and bypassed all the regulations and gave the technology free is another matter
So the US attempts to control technology is very real even if you dont seem to believe it. And yes full body scanners are high tech