How To Find an Underwear Bomb

How To Find an Underwear Bomb

How To Find an Underwear Bomb

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Dec. 29 2009 10:15 AM

How To Find an Underwear Bomb

According to a photo posted by ABC News, the bomb allegedly smuggled on board Northwest Flight 253 last week was  a packet of powder sewn into the bomber's underwear . Note the packet's location: right in the crotch, where a TSA pat-down is least likely to catch you.

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How do you find a nonmetallic bomb tucked into such a private place? By looking right through the bomber's clothing with a naked-body scanner. Check out the Washington Post's analysis of the available technologies for spotting a bomb like this one. The far-right column, "whole-body imaging," looks like our best shot.

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Human Nature explained the naked scanners two years ago and again this year . In this year's piece, I worried about the TSA abusing the scanners. Flight 253 is a reminder that we face bigger threats than the TSA.