...because they lure personel on the ground into a false sense of security. That is if there is any trained personel left, because these "automated searches" will clearly lead to a reduction of manpower in the critical areas. Btw, the terrorists have already found a workaround. They just stuff their bomb where the sun does not shine (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/08/pull-my-finger-jihadist-who-blew-himself-up-on-saudi-princes-private-jet-hid-explosives-in-his-anus.html). The bodyscanner won't find it there. What it will find: prostheses, nipple rings, genital jewelery, ileostomies. A lot of total innocent people will go through a lot of embarrassment while the bomber walks through untouched. Never change a working system. Israeli security checks have worked fine so far. If I have to choose between boarding a plane where trained personel did the check and one where the scanner was used, I go for the first one. Machines are dumb and there is always a workaround.
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