The European Parliament has failed to offload the half-dozen body scanners it bought in 2005, shortly before MEPs decided the technology was intrusive – even for normal people.
The scanners were bought in the wake of the September 11 attacks, but only turned up in 2005, by which time things had calmed down a bit. They were quietly put into storage pending another emergency.
EUobserver reports that the bids were due to be opened on Friday. In the event, not even the room was opened due to the lack of actual bids.