78% of Travelers OK With X-Ray Nakedness

By Steve Bryant
|  Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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Americans are so totally ok with that body scanner thing.

Seventy-eight percent of U.S. air travelers approve of U.S. airports' using full body scan imaging on passengers, says a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.

O'Hare International Airport is expected to receive full-body passenger scanners next year, perhaps as soon as the first quarter, Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said in December.

The Gallup results are based on a poll conducted Jan. 5-6 including interviews with 542 regular air travelers who've taken two or more trips in the past 12 months.

Here's how Gallup asked the question:

"The full body scan would show a graphic image of a person's body underneath his or her clothes. The image would be viewed only by federal screeners in a separate, private room. Do you approve or disapprove of U.S. airports using the full body scan on passengers?"

Like a collective Buckwheat giving the thumbs-up, the 78 percent of respondents said "otay!"

Sixty-seven percent said they would not personally be uncomfortable in undergoing such a scan. Ten percent said they would be very uncomfortable.

The poll also finds that 29% of air travelers say they're more concerned about air safety than they were before Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to detonate his underpants bomb on Christmas Day.

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