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November 15, 2011
Israeli 'bomb detonation' airport scanner claim is a hoax
Summary: It's a farce email, but false information is never harmless.
    There is a report floating around Facebook and emails claiming Israel has developed an airport security scanning system which will scan a person for explosives, detonating the explosives while the person is in a sealed, explosion-containing device. The report claims the potential bomber will be the only person to die in the booth, and on the ground at the security check-point. The story, however, is a hoax.

TSA Scanner   The claim started with a joke email that has gone viral. The photo accompanying the story, shown here, clearly has a United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee operating the scanner while in close proximity to the device. As you can see by the photo, the scanner operator is clearly wearing a TSA uniform, complete with shoulder patch, and is by far too close to the scanner for safety. Most importantly, if such a device were actually in operation, the operator would nee to be at least 500-1000 feet from the test in an outdoor location and in a bomb shelter for safety. No explosives blast cabinet would be used in a building or near people, especially the operators.

   While it is an entertaining story, many people are falling for the story, believing it is real and passing it along wondering why the US has not adopted such devices.

   In fact, the same device can be seen on the TSA website with a similar photo

   False report:

   Israel's new airport security TEL AVIV, Israel - The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It's an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

   Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials. You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement: "Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is proud to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London . Shalom!"

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