Bored TSA officials invest in scanners to peep under your clothes

Our Transportation Security Administration here in the States has purchased 12 specialized scanners from QinetiQ of Britain. QinetiQ's hardware is reportedly able to rapidly scan a moving crowd to spot concealed weapons and explosives. We're not quite sure how it works, but it wouldn't be as sluggish as using x-rays to scan instead.

But just how much does the technology allow authorities to see? It may seem modest, but if I want to keep the fact that I wear Scooby Doo underwear a secret, that's my prerogative. The technology has already been tested, apparently without protest, at the Staten Island ferry terminal and at Pier 90, both in New York City, so maybe it's not all bad.

Still, tomorrow's headline: lead underwear becoming fashionable.

Times Online, via The Raw Feed