The Central Illinois Regional Airport has a new security scanner that will help some passengers feel their privacy is less invaded. Jim Fotenos is with the Transportation Security Administration.
"This machine looks at items that are concealed above skin underneath layers of clothing. So something like a knee replacement wouldn't set off this machine. And that's an important distinction because those travellers have been very supportive of this technology, because for years they've gone through metal detectors and always alarmed a metal detector because of their replacement knee or hip."
About 200 airports in the U-S now have the technology installed, or about half of all U-S airports. This includes most regional airports in Illinois, though not Springfield or Decatur. The device in Bloomington cost about $185,000. A computer display shows about where on the outline of a body an object is. Fotenos says the process for fliers to clear security will likely not go any faster because the longest time investment remains in bag screening.
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