Full-Body Scanners Come to U.S.


Get ready for a more up close and personal airport experience.

On Friday, U.S. transportation officials announced that 11 more airports will receive a total of 150 full-body scanners. Logan International Airport in Boston will be the first of the bunch, receiving its scanners today.

According to Wired, the rest of the full-body scanners will be rolled out by this summer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Cincinnati, to name a few cities.

Of course, these are not the first full-body scanners to come to U.S. airports. (Here’s a list of airports that had them as of the end of 2009.) But their increased presence is an indication that airport security will be relying more heavily on them in the future.

“By accelerating the deployment of this technology, we are enhancing our capability to detect and disrupt threats of terrorism across the nation,” said Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security Secretary, according to Wired. This comes in response to the Christmas day bomber, who managed to sneak explosives in his boxers on a Detroit-bound flight.

However, there has been plenty of controversy here and abroad about using these scanners routinely. Some have argued they violate privacy laws and could even constitute child pornography when used on kids. Muslim scholars have argued it violates their religious teachings by displaying the nude body.

Some might respond that safety should come ahead of all these complaints, but as BoingBoing points out, these scanners may not even work.

(Check out MainStreet's list of the most dangerous airports.)

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