Thursday, September 08, 2011
We have the technoloy: Shoe scanners on the way
Seems the technology required for passengers to go through pre-flight security screening without taking off their shoes is imminent according to an expert from the Department of Homel and Security. The proposed device scans shoes in three ways: using technology similar to MRIs used in medical settings; explosives trace scanners; and traditional magnetometer metal detection. Scanning shoes has been a concern since Richard Reid attempted to ignite explosives in his shoes while on a transatlantic flight in 2001. All previous attempts to produce a shoe scanner have failed to meet minimum security standards.