150 more full-body scanners to go in U.S. airports

Dec. 31, 2009 – Washington — One hundred and fifty new full-body scanning machines are set to be placed in airports across the United States as federal authorities work to close security loopholes exposed by the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner.

The Transportation Security Administration ordered the scanners before the bombing attempt for up to $170,000 apiece. Plans are also in place to purchase an additional 300 units by 2012, TSA officials said.

Forty body scanners are currently in use at 19 U.S. airports. Use of the technology — considered overly invasive by critics — is optional, according to the TSA Web site. Passengers who opt out of the screening receive an alternate form of checking, which includes a pat-down procedure.

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4 Comments on “150 more full-body scanners to go in U.S. airports”

  1. Marty Yost says:

    I, for one, will gladly submit to a full body scan, any and every time I fly, if the technology is available. I want to know I’m safe. Let the critics take the bus. It’s their choice.

  2. Jason says:

    Heard the “Base” or Al-Qeada are doing R&D to break through the airport scanner. Hope they not going to make it.

  3. Age says:

    Marty Yost, you’ll make a good new world order slave. These body scanners will not make you safe at all. It assumes guilt and ignores the law requiring a warrant for searches. As the saying goes, those willing to sacrifice liberty for more security will get neither. Once again, history is repeating itself and the people never learn.

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