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Copenhagen Airport to Track Passengers Using Wi-Fi Data

If you ever find yourself with some time to kill at Copenhagen International Airport, there's a good chance that a company in Switzerland will know exactly how you chose to spend it. SITA, an aviation communications and technology company based in Geneva, recently created a new program capable of tracking passengers' movements, using the Wi-Fi signals emitted from their smartphones and...

'Avatar' Brings Lie Detector Tests to Airport Security Lines

Forget full-body scans and pat-downs at airports. Get ready for the automated lie detector test. Researchers at the University of Arizona are currently working on a machine known as the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time, or 'Avatar.' Though it's only about the size of an ATM machine, Avatar can apparently pick up on the kind of physiological nuances and quirks that...

TSA Tests New, Less Invasive Full Body Scanner at Select Airports

Yesterday, the TSA introduced new software for airport security body scanners, in an attempt to enhance traveler privacy without sacrificing air travel safety. Unlike other full body scans, the new software only displays images of generic male and female figures, and not revealing, detailed images of individual passengers. If the system detects something suspicious, screeners will be shown...

Airport's Holographic Announcers Won't Make Security Lines Any More Fun

Travelers passing through security lines at the U.K.'s Luton Airport will now be greeted by two smiling, photogenic faces -- belonging to holographic announcers. According to the BBC, Luton is the world's first airport to introduce holographic staff members, as part of an experimental program designed to streamline the screening process and enhance traveler experience. The two holograms are...

New York Lawmakers Try to Ban Body Scanners From Airports

If city councilman David Greenfield gets his way, travelers passing through New York City airports will no longer be required to walk through body scanners before boarding their flights. Yesterday, Greenfield and six other council members introduced a legislative proposal which would prohibit all New York City-based TSA employees from using Advanced Imaging Technology, capable of seeing through a...

Ear Scanning Biometric ID System Developed by U.K. Researchers

The future of biometric scanning may not be at your fingertips, or in front of your eyes. Apparently, it could be in your ears. As the Telegraph reports, researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. have now created a system capable of scanning and analyzing ear structures, which, they claim, are unique enough to accurately identify people. The researchers are hopeful that their new...

Airport Body Scanners 'Contradict Islam,' Dubai Refuses to Employ

Dubai, the Las-Vegas-of-the-Middle-East-turned-economic-wasteland, is rejecting full-body scanners at its airports because they "contradict Islam," according to Brigadier Pilot Ahmad Mohammad Bin Thani, who is the head of airport security for Dubai police. Concerned about the "privacy of individuals and their personal freedom," Bin Thani remarked to the Associated Free Press that Dubai will use...

Airport Security Stops Pakistani Flyer Over Massage Shoes

After last week's attempted car bomb attack in Times Square, terrorism is once again on everybody's lips, and national security forces are once again on high alert. In other words, it's probably not the best time to wander onto a plane with batteries and electrical circuits in your shoes -- especially if you're catching a flight out of, oh, let's say, Pakistan. Yet that's exactly what one Faiz...

Hawking's Aliens-With-Candy Lesson, McAfee Reimbursing Customers for Update Disaster

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... In a new Discovery Channel documentary, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking reportedly affirms his belief that extraterrestrial life exists, but he also offers a stern warning. Hawking likens the earthly arrival of alien ships to Columbus landing in the Americas -- only replace the influenza and smallpox with lasers and...

Joke Bomb Threat Tweet Gets Man Arrested

Only a fool in this era of high-level security would fake a bomb threat, let alone Tweet about it, but that's pretty much what Paul Chambers did last week via Twitter. The Inquirer reports that the 26-year-old UK native was set to the fly to Ireland from the Robin Hood airport in Finningley, South Yorkshire until he realized the airport was closed because of snow. Obviously frustrated -- and...

Online TSA Breach Finds Top Secret Security Documents Leaked

With all due respect to the artisans of the world, the average butcher, baker, or candlestick maker can probably commit the occasional FAIL without endangering too many people. If you're working at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), though, and your job consists of details like, oh, protecting America... a workplace mishap is a tad more serious As ABC News reports, someone from...

Woman Gets Stun Gun Past Airport Security Checkpoint

Airport security is cool and all, but when we're being forced to undress, bend over, and throw away our $4 Pepsi while a lady in Albany somehow gets her stun gun past the security checkpoint, we start to lose faith that this is all serving the greater good. On Saturday, Amy Burns passed through the security checkpoint at Albany International Airport with her child and a stroller in tow. It...

Mobile Edge's 'For Her' TSA-Friendly Laptop Bags Are Not Very Inspiring

We've seen Mobile Edge's ScanFast line of TSA-approved laptop bags before, so it was only a matter of time, we suppose, until there was a spate of the cases specifically for women. What does it mean, then, to be a laptop bag that is "designed for women by women?" Well, it helps to be pink or have faux alligator skin (or is that croc?) detailing, we can tell you that much. Regardless, the...