The US are to increase the number of “body scanners” at airports, which give the operator a “naked image” of person being examined from 40 to 120.
The devices can cause controversy as the allow the images of a person to be take that they probably would not normally want to be taken.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will triple the number of devices at airports that can detect bombs under airline passengers’ clothing.
The purchase of 80 so-called Passenger Imager machines will bring the total in use next year to 120 at 21 airports, agency spokesman Christopher White said today.
The imagers are produced by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., OSI Systems Inc.’s Rapiscan unit and American Science & Engineering Inc. The TSA hasn’t yet decided which vendors it will use or how much it will spend, White said in an interview.