Attempted Bombing on U.S. Flight Prompts Renewed Debate Over Body Scanners

On December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a Nigerian citizen, attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear during a Christmas Day flight. Abdul Metallab was en route from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan when he attempted to detonate the device, which resulted in a fire on board the aircraft. In the days following the attack, some advocated for wider implementation of whole body imaging machines. Privacy organizations and others have continued to object to these devices, citing the invasive nature of the scans, the ineffectiveness of the machines and the lack of government transparency concerning privacy safeguards. For more information see EPIC: Whole Body Imaging Technology.

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