Full Body Scanner Installed at MSP Airport

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 5:24 am

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.



  1. Bob 11/16/10 at 5:00pm

    I was unaware this was being done at FAT so when I first encountered it, I opted for the Pat – down, in reality I thought I was being accosted. I thought he was getting even with me for not doing the scan instead. I asked, does the scan show my private parts he said NO-I knew that was a lie. Then I asked who is looking at the scan, a woman for the women and a man for the men, he wouldn’t answer. Don’t we as “Law-abiding” citizens have the right to know who’s look at their naked body (negative or not it doesn’t leave much to the imagination).
    I prefer the scan if I have to have either one but it is with protest. I wonder what the well-endowed young lady I saw getting scanned would think if she knew a Man was looking at her scan. That borders on Voyeurism! I haven’t noticed the TSA agents doing the same kind of pat-downs on the women wearing the muslim garb? what’s the deal.

  2. Phil Cooper 11/18/10 at 11:05am

    Isn’t the solution obvious? When we travel, we should all dress in female Middle-Eastern Muslim garb. That way, we won’t be scanned or patted down, since we can claim it violates our “religious” beliefs.

  3. Tony 11/23/10 at 2:48pm

    I feel if you are being scanned,you should have full access and even a printed copy of your scan. That is NOT their property, nor should they have the right to refuse this to you.

  4. kat king 12/14/10 at 12:27pm

    This body scan sucks …..I went through it and was truly embarrased. If the TPA wants to see porno then they should pay for it like everyone else…….

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