Portland airport getting new body scanners

The Associated Press
Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The latest generation of full body scanners is coming to the Portland International Jetport.

The Transportation Security Administration said it will begin installing three “advanced imaging technology” scanners at the airport’s new security screening checkpoint in the coming months.

Authorities hope the scanners will ease some passenger privacy concerns.

Some scanners display passengers’ bodies with what some people call too much anatomical detail. Portland’s new ones show each passenger as a generic gingerbread man-like cutout figure.

The machines cost more than $130,000 each.

A TSA spokeswoman told the Portland Press Herald the new scanners take “a few seconds longer” than traditional metal detectors but said security wait times will not increase because passengers still must wait while their carry-on luggage is screened.

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