New York and Los Angeles Airports Get New Scanners

21 Apr

New York’s JFK International Airport and Los Angeles’ International Airport have gotten new scanners to further protect airline passengers.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a test run of Millimeter Wave Scannersto see through clothes to find contraband like weapons and explosives.  TSA reports that 90% of passengers would rather go through this kind of scanning than a traditional pat down.  An expert also added that they will use a special algorithm to blur out the faces of those inside the device.

The possible downsides of this new scanner include the safety of the system.  TSA says that the scanner emits 10,000 times less energy than a cell phone.  Additionally, people question the overall effectiveness of this system.  It is being deployed in Los Angeles in a random manner to screen passengers.  In New York, it will be offered as an alternative to a body scan.  If the new scanners are successful, the program will expand to include 30 more Millimeter Wave Machines in the next year.

Hit this link for a TSA Officer’s take on the new machines.  The comments on his post are particularly interesting.

1 Comment

Posted by on April 21, 2008 in Emerging Technology, Security


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One response to “New York and Los Angeles Airports Get New Scanners

  1. russwbeck

    April 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Also, people are afraid of invading personal space with the images taken of people’s bodies. People now more than ever are more cautious about keeping their private business out of the public domain. Also, people are worried that the images won’t be disposed of properly and some may be “leaked” to the public. As of now, none of this has happened, but its something to look for in the future.


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