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Full-body scanners? One day entire jetliners might be scanned
Full-body scanners? One day entire jetliners might be scanned

Some day security screening may not end when you board your plane. Rapiscan Systems, the Torrance-based security screening company, has applied for a patent for a giant scanning device that is bolted to a tractor that rolls along the outside of the plane, scanning it for weapons. The machine, called a mobile aircraft inspection system, would use X-rays or low-radiation backscatter technology to look through the plane hull into the cabin and the cargo hold, according to patent documents. A Rapiscan spokesperson could not be reached but the patent application said increasing threats to the safety of air passengers makes such a system crucial. “In addition to passenger and cargo...

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