Portland Jetport to get body scanners

Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 5:57 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland International Jetport will become the first airport in Maine to receive the controversial full-body scanners.

The new scanners operate by detecting objects on passenger’s bodies that aren’t flesh — plastic objects, for example, in addition to metal objects. Maine’s largest airport will receive three of the devices in the coming months.

The scanners became infamous early in their life because some felt they were an invasion of privacy. The early scanners displayed scans of passengers, which sometimes included outlines of genitalia. The use of these early scanners created an outcry among many passengers.

The new scanners use a different technology that only show the location of objects on passengers’ bodies. If the scanner does not detect any objects it just displays a green ‘OK’ screen.