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LAX police union urges full-body scanning of all passengers

January 4, 2010 | 10:17 am

AIRPORT_SECURITY The head of the Los Angeles airport police union this morning urged the federal government to require full-body scanners for every passenger at airport security checkpoints, saying metal detectors are no longer enough.

Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn., issued a statement saying the Christmas Day incident in which a Nigerian man boarded a Detroit-bound Northwest flight with explosives showed that current screening methods cannot detect devices with little or no metal.

“All available technology and tools must be used to fix an obvious gap in security that puts airline travelers and crew members at risk,” McClain said in the statement. “Testing of whole-body scanners at LAX has shown them to be highly effective in keeping dangerous materials off airplanes.”

Los Angeles is currently one of 19 airports nationwide that uses whole-body imagers, but only uses it on passengers selected for secondary screening, according to McClain. He urged that the screening be expanded to all passengers.

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: A Transportation Security Administration employee demonstrates the Rapiscan Backscatter advanced imaging technology machine in testing at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Va. Credit: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

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