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  6/20/2007, Tammuz 4, 5767

New Airport Inspection Tool 'Strips' Passengers


A new electronic device that allows customs inspectors at Ben Gurion airport to see through passengers' clothes has raised cries of protest. The electronic booth shows inspectors if the passengers are smuggling items that might be used by terrorists or if they are carrying merchandise on which customs must be paid.

Shas party caucus chairman Ya'akov Margi protested that the inspection is an invasion of privacy.

Customs official Ami Segal said that the tool does not allow inspectors to recognize whether the passenger is a man or a woman but that nevertheless there will be men and women inspectors who will check passengers of the same sex. He added that the five-second inspection is much more desirable than on-hands body inspections.