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Latest update : 2010-02-22

An experimental full-body scanner will be introduced on Monday for passengers flying to the United States from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

An experimental full-body scanner will be used for the first time on Monday in Paris to check passengers flying to the United States from Charles de Gaulle airport in the wake of a foiled Christmas Day bomb attempt aboard a US-bound passenger jet.

France voluntarily introduced the new safety scanners following a US request for greater precautions to be taken at foreign airports before passengers board planes headed for the United States. The move follows an attempted bombing by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25 last year with 289 people aboard, prompting US calls for better screening at security checkpoints abroad.

After his arrest, Abdulmutallab claimed to have been trained by an al Qaeda affiliate group based in Yemen known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which later claimed responsibility for the bomb attempt. He is currently awaiting trial in the United States.

 

Date created : 2010-02-22

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