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January 1, 2010

Privacy Or Protection? Full-Body Scanners May Soon Be Coming To Tri-State

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 8:14 pm

Privacy Or Protection? Full-Body Scanners May Soon Be Coming To Tri-State

WCBSTV Reports: The botched airline bombing on December 25 is sparking a great debate about full-body scanners. The controversial scanners may soon be landing in the tri-state area.

Terminal B at Newark Liberty Airport is in the process of modernizing its passenger areas, and airport officials are said to be hoping to receive six full-body scanners within the next few months, in early 2010.

Some lawmakers say the full-body scanners, which operate almost like X-ray machines, could have prevented Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a plane on Christmas Day with explosive materials he had sewn into his underwear. 150 high-tech full-body scanners will be going to airports throughout the U.S. next year.

According to a Transportation Security Administration representative, Newark was likely to be among the first for two reasons: because it’s one of the nation’s busiest airports, and because one of the planes hijacked in the September 11 terror attacks came from Newark.

The full-body scanners cost about $160,000 each and are high-tech machines that can show hidden contraband, but the American Civil Liberties Union say they violate a passenger’s right to privacy, calling it a virtual strip search.

A TSA representative says the new scanners will be less intrusive. Images will be looked at in a remote room by an officer who could not see or interact with passengers.

Terminal B at Newark Liberty will have a total of 12 passenger screening lanes when all the construction is complete. With recommendations of a scanner in every other lane, the cost will be close to one million dollars.

The full-body scanners are currently used in 19 American aiports. The closest is Ronald Reagan National Airport, right outside the nation’s capitol.

(Source: WCBSTV)


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