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LAX getting body-scanning equipment for security checkpoints

March 5, 2010 | 10:55 am

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