Monday, September 5, 2011

New York becomes latest city to get 'non-intrusive' airport body scanners - 5th Sept 2011

New York has joined three other major U.S. cities in installing 'non-intrusive' body scanners in one its airports.

The machines are being installed around the country in a bid to avoid passenger protests over the 'naked' X-ray type scanners currently in use.

The technology was originally tested in February at Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., and rolled out in July.

Transportation Security Administration officials unveiled the software at Newark Liberty International airport on Friday, where more than 8 million passengers boarded planes last year.

In all, the technology will be installed in 241 security machines at 40 airports around the country over the next few months at a cost of $2.7 million that includes research and development, according to the TSA.

The agency plans to install it in all airports eventually.

The new system uses a screen that displays a gray silhouette of a generic body.

The screen is placed at security checkpoints in a spot where both the traveller and the security agent can see it. Read More