Body Scanners Coming in Weeks: Report

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM CDT
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Aviation Commissioner: Scanners Are Coming

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A combination of images shows an airport staff member demonstrating a full body scan at Manchester Airport in Manchester, north-west England, and a computer screen showing the results of a full body scan.

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Aviation Commissioner: Scanners Are Coming

O'Hare International Airport will receive full-body passenger scanners next year, perhaps as soon as the first quarter, Chicago's aviation commissioner said Tuesday.
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The first of 150 new full-body scanners will arrive at airports in Boston and Chicago in the next few weeks, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A Homeland Security Department official said all the machines will be installed by the end of June, but spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made publicly.

Officials first disclosed the body scanners were coming in December 2009, but did not reveal the timing.

The scanners are a key part of the Obama administration's airport security plans. Obama called for more scanners to be deployed after the attempted bombing on Christmas Day, but Chicago's scanners had been planned well in advance of that event.

The body scanners have been the subject of much controversy due to their imaging technique, which reveals a full-body silhouette, including what some might consider unattractive or embarassing anatomical features.

But a USA Today/Gallup poll taken shortly after the year-end controversy revealed that 78 percent of travelers are ok with the scanners if they increase security.

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