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