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Airport anti-terror systems flub tests

Camera technology designed to spot potential terrorists by their facial characteristics at airports failed its first major test, a report from the airport that tested the technology shows. Last year, two separate face-recognition systems at Boston’s Logan Airport failed 96 times to detect volunteers who played potential terrorists as they passed security checkpoints during a three-month test period, the airport’s analysis says. The systems correctly detected them 153 times. The airport’s report calls the rate of inaccuracy “excessive.” The report was completed in July 2002 but not made public. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a copy last month through a Freedom of Information Act request. Logan is where 10 of the 19 terrorists boarded the flights that were later hijacked Sept. 11, 2001. The airport is now testing other security technology, including infrared cameras and eyeball scans, spokesman Jose Juves says. Full Story

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