Canadian Airport to Introduce Full-Body Scanner

26 July 2010 (Last Updated July 26th, 2010 18:30)

Canada's Regina International Airport plans to install a full-body scanner to screen passengers as soon as it receives approval from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The scanner projects low-level frequency energy to create a 3D image and will take five seconds to

Canada's Regina International Airport plans to install a full-body scanner to screen passengers as soon as it receives approval from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

The scanner projects low-level frequency energy to create a 3D image and will take five seconds to detect metallic and non-metallic threats, such as weapons and explosives.

The images created by the scanner will not be stored or printed if the passenger passes through primary security measures successfully, according to leaderpost.com.

The airport will soon begin the construction of a private cubicle for the scanner.

Canada has already installed such scanners, which each cost C$250,000 ($240,087), at some of its busiest airports in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Regina International Airport president and CEO Jim Hunter said that the airport is awaiting CATSA's approval of its design proposal for the scanner, which should be installed within the next few months.