Holiday Airport Security

6 years 3 weeks 2 days ago November 16, 2010 Nov 16, 2010 Tuesday, November 16 2010 Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:49:26 AM CST in News
MID-MISSOURI - Travelers will see more security at airports this holiday season. Full body scanners are now in use at most major airports, including Missouri's Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, calls the imaging process ?advanced imaging technology.? This type of screening allows security agents to see through clothes, and helps locate hidden objects not seen by metal detectors.

TSA officials say the screening process only takes about 30seconds. First, a passenger enters the screening portal, and then raises his others hands while the machine scans the body with low-level x-rays. A second officer in a secluded room will then review the image for any possible threats.

Passengers have the option to refuse screening, and will likely receive a physical pat down as the alternative security check. The process has drawn much criticism toward TSA, with opponents claiming the full body scans invade privacy, and questioning safety of x-ray use.

TSA officials argue this screening is the best technology to keep passengers safe, and say images are blurred during screening, and will not be stored or shared.

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