There are reports (some from me, some from others here) of MMW scanners in various airports around the world, some still wrapped in plastic, or unplugged, standing in corners gathering dust. Last week I saw two nowhere near the 'regular' security area and in fact many metres in front of the security area, unwrapped, covered in dust, electrical cords laying on the ground, with some sort of signage on them. They appeared to have been abandoned, similar to others I have seen. I'm curious as to whether these scanners were a gift, or if countries actually purchased them with the intent to use them, but then used their brains and stopped following the lead of the US. I believe that someone said the ones in Brasil were a gift from the US government. I've seen ones in small countries in Eastern Europe and I cannot imagine that they invested in the machines considering the cost to purchase and operate them, compared to the relatively low traffic in those airports. Does anyone know if there is/was a policy of 'gifting' these machines to certain countries in the past?