(RedOrbit) Investigations have revealed that airport security may have been flawed for several years and the online shop eBay has played a surprising part in the discovery. Among the many strange items available on eBay, one in particular has kicked up a storm of controversy over the efficiency and effectiveness of those airport security procedures.
When a US government surplus "Rapiscan Secure 1000 DP (Dual Pose) Backscatter Body Scanner (Never Installed)" was on offer for the price of $49,500, with a $2,000 shipping fee, it was snapped up by unlikely buyers. According to PCWorld, the seller acquired the machine in Europe at a 2012 auction of surplus equipment from a US facility.
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and John Hopkins University bought the scanner and began to run it through a series of tests. In a blow to the credibility of airport safety, they found that they were "able to conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants" and get them past the scanner. "Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said one of the team, J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at University of Michigan.
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