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For Sale: Six Full Body Scanners, 50% off! Contact the European Parliament for details

March 5, 2010

When the European Parliament opposed a bill allowing the use of full body scanners as security tools in EU airports in October 2008, they were blissfully unaware of the several leftover scanners sitting around in their own basement. The machines were apparently obtained in 2005 and intended for use in the EP building itself. The six outdated scanners, which have never been used, were purchased for €121,000 each and are now up for bid at the bargain price of only €65,000 euros.

The EU plans on revisiting the rules for these devices sometime this year. The Parliament has stressed that they are not against the technology as a whole, but rather feel the need to set some criteria and privacy standards for use of the scanners.

Upon criticism that the EP is getting rid of the machines just as many European governments are considering the introduction of full body scans in airports in the wake of the Christmas Day bomber, European Parliament spokeswoman Marjory van den Broeke pointed out that “the Parliament is not an airport”.

So if anyone’s interested is buying an outdated, 50% off full body scanner,  look no further than the Parliament building.

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