Controversial Body Scanners Installed At JFK Airport

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Goodbye metal detectors… Hello body Scanners!

JFK International Airport has started using the full body X-ray scanners to check individual passengers. These body scanners, implemented by the Transportation Security Administration, are believed to define the standard of airport security.

Known as “backscatters”, these machines emit low radiation doses to create an image of the person. The image is detailed enough to give authorities crucial information on what the person might be carrying inside his clothes. However, at the same time, it made some passengers feeling awkward as they pose with their arms raised in the machine.

These Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines have already found their way in at least 62 airports in the country. Almost 300 are now operational with 450 machines will be up and running by year’s end.

The machine has no recording and doesn’t keep any images. Furthermore, the person screening the images is alone in an enclosed room away from the machine. Passengers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their x-rays will never be leaked in YouTube.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napotilano concludes that “These machines represent an important way to stay ahead of the ever- evolving threat that faces the aviation industry.”

Going through these machines in the airport are still optional (for now). A full body search would be the next option.


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