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UPDATE | According to a detailed analysis in The Paper Bird, the original report is not about security scanners detecting homosexuals but medical examinations to detect transexuals. Maybe we should change our featured photo to Dr Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show..?
PREVIOUS | Never mind detecting terrorists and smugglers – Kuwait reckons it's found a way for airport security checkpoints to identify gay travellers and prevent them from entering the country.
According to Gulf News, the scientific breakthrough has been revealed by Kuwait's public health director, who says the new technology to detect homosexuality will be rolled out at international airports at Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
"The routine clinical screening of expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) might be also used to 'detect' homosexuals" Gulf News claims, with Yousuf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, reportedly explaining that "health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries."
“However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”
Homosexual acts are banned in all GCC member countries, with penalties ranging from up to 10 years jail in Kuwait to the death sentence in Saudi Arabia.
PS No, we actually don't believe that Kuwai has built the ultimate 'gaydar' machine. But it's good for a giggle, right?
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