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LAX getting body-scanning equipment for security checkpoints

Los Angeles International Airport is among nine airports nationwide to get body-scanning equipment, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Three other California airports -- San Jose, San Diego and Oakland -- will also be getting the equipment, the TSA announced in a statement on Friday.

“Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security,” TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides said in a statement. “Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances security to keep the traveling public safe.”

There have been increased calls for body-scanning equipment since the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound jet. But some have expressed concerns about workers viewing the bodies of passengers.

The new scanners will be placed in the passenger security-line areas, officials said.

-- Shelby Grad

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time to hit the gym!

Welcome to the peep show!

At the end of the screening you'll have an opportunity to purchase a photo of yourself @ $10 each. Men, please try not to become aroused during the scan!

That's good stuff, Steve. Hillarious.

Its about time BODY SCANNERS are installed. We should have done this immediate after September 11,2009! We need to give up civil liberaties inorder to beat the terrorists at their game. I hope all the airports will sign on and join Los Angeles in the new pilot program.

Explosive trace detection != body scanners. They are two different things. ETD is the swabs they run on your hands or luggage to look for traces of explosive ingredients; body scanners use one of two technologies to look under your clothes and see if you're concealing anything. So I'm not sure why a quote about ETD is in a story about body scanners.

Also, seriously, we really have to be strip-searched to fly now? Isn't this just the kind of fear that terrorism is intended to cause?

For those of us concerned with civil liberties, and who find TSA untrustworthy, this is a ll the more reason to look at this region's other airports: Burbank, Long Beach and Ontario.

I think if one refuses to be body-scanned, there should be an option of stepping into a special device that would detonated anything explosive hidden on one's body.

Remember one is legally free to decline screening by these scanners and instead opt for a physical pat down. Choice is yours.


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