Cardiff Airport: Could space-age scanner cut queues?

CARDIFF, United Kingdom – Airport security queues caused by people having to remove coats, belts and shoes could be a thing of the past thanks to space technology. A new scanner is being trialled at Cardiff Airport which uses a system developed to study the outer reaches of the galaxy. It can pick up the glow of a light bulb 500,000 miles away. The new scanner sees a passenger's body lit up to take an image as they walk through it. This then makes it easy to detect any concealed items - even through clothing, according to Cardiff University, which has been working to develop the new scanner, reports the BBC.

Dec 4th, 2018
Cardiff Airport: Could space-age scanner cut queues?
Cardiff Airport: Could space-age scanner cut queues?
CARDIFF, United Kingdom – Airport security queues caused by people having to remove coats, belts and shoes could be a thing of the past thanks to space technology. A new scanner is being trialled at Cardiff Airport which uses a system developed to study the outer reaches of the galaxy. It can pick up the glow of a light bulb 500,000 miles away. The new scanner sees a passenger's body lit up to take an image as they walk through it. This then makes it easy to detect any concealed items - even through clothing, according to Cardiff University, which has been working to develop the new scanner, reports the BBC.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 4, 2018 --A video demonstrating the technology on the BBC site's story page shows the scanner working in real time and a pistol is clearly seen tucked into the pants of the volunteer. Using the body as a source of light rather than a point of reflection could lessen fears from the traveling public regarding the TSA's full body scanner should the trials in Wales prove successful.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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