Full Body Scanner Installed at MSP Airport
The first full body imaging machine was installed Monday at MSP International Airport, and the Transportation Safety Administration hopes to have it up and running a few weeks. The scanner is located at Checkpoint 10, which is used by the most frequent flyers.
The use of scanners has been somewhat controversial as many people feel that the level of detail in seeing through clothing is an invasion of privacy. Still others, including the TSA, see this as a big improvement in security.
KSTP Minneapolis reports that the agent at the checkpoint will actually never see the scans as travelers pass through. Apparently another agent, located somewhere in the airport, will view the images and communicate via headset. The images aren’t saved, and are immediately erased.
The scanners are already in use at dozens of airports across the county, and an estimated 450 scanners will be placed at airports throughout the year. The $170,000 units will be paid for by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.