Atlanta Airport to Receive Additional Full-Body Scanners

2 March 2010 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2010 18:30)

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will install up to 11 additional full-body imaging scanners at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta by mid-summer. The advanced imaging technology machines will use radio waves or low-level X-rays to scan passengers bene

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will install up to 11 additional full-body imaging scanners at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta by mid-summer.

The advanced imaging technology machines will use radio waves or low-level X-rays to scan passengers beneath their clothes in order to detect explosives or other weapons hidden on passengers bodies.

To protect passengers, the machines will blur facial features, display images in a remote location and prevent storage of the images.

The technology will initially be used for random screening or secondary screening in case of existing metal detector malfunctions.

According to ajc.com, TSA will eventually replace existing walk-through metal detectors at the airport with the advanced imaging technology machines, which will be used for primary screening,.

TSA has already installed 40 of the full-body imaging scanners at 19 airports across the country, including three at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Following the Christmas Day terrorism attempt on a Delta Air Lines flight, TSA has ordered an additional 150 full-body imaging machines and plans to purchase another 300 soon.