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07

‘Naked’ X-ray machine tried at Delhi airport

Air travellers passing through terminal 1B of Indira Gandhi International Airport were scanned by an X-ray machine that can see through clothes, for one week in January.

The authorities later decided to dump the state-of-the-art X-ray machine after it failed to reduce passenger clearance time. The authorities decided to test the new backscatter X-ray machine two months ago without any notice or warning to passengers, a senior official with the Central Industrial Security Force confirmed.

“India became the first country where it was tested, even ahead of the United States,” he said. The machine was tested at Phoenix Airport in the US last month. The official said the machine was removed after a week. “The machine … failed to clear passengers quickly and also it was disgusting for officials to see naked pictures of passengers,”

The vending-machine-sized device, known as SmartCheck, is manufactured by Billerica, a Massachusettes-based science and engineering firm. It was procured by Delhi International Airport Ltd at a cost of about $110,000. The official said the machine is now lying idle in a corner of the airport.

The machine is one of the latest safety measures to secure aircraft and airports from terrorist attacks. The scan produces an image of the skin, and can show objects like guns and drugs hidden under clothing. The procedure is an alternative to whole body strip searches, which have often raised hackles at American airports. The backscatter has been running in the American city of Phoenix since last month, but unlike in India, with proper notice to travellers, who can opt for a scan or go for a strip search.

CourtesyDaily Times

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4 Responses to “‘Naked’ X-ray machine tried at Delhi airport”


  1. 1 Zarnab
    March 8, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    That is just plain disgusting. I wonder how many of us would like to go by air if they do any such thing in Pak.

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