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Should we trust the human eye to spot a bomb?

Whether we should trust the human eye to spot a bomb using full body scanners at airports  is a question posed by Chris Yates, aviation security analyst with Jane’s Information Group.

Airline security measures are about to get more stringent after a failed attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day. Full body scanners have been given the green light at some of the world’s airports.

But the technology is only as good as the people who use it, Yates told BBC News. “Full body scanners cannot be seen as the panacea to the threats we face today.”

There are moves in the works to relocate those who look at the screens to a remote area, such as into a darkened room with no distractions. That’s one of the ways the security industry is considering in order to minimize human error. With some emerging technologies, such as with liquid detectors, the machines make the call, Yates told the BBC.