Posted by: 2in10 | 06/28/2010

airport security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed 80 body-scanning machines at 27 U.S. airports, the first batch of the 450 planned for installation this year, The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Passengers leave jewelry, wallets — everything — on the belt for x-ray examination and with hands over their heads walk through the scanning devices.

TSA Screener personnel, located in a separate area, review images that are adjusted, they say, to protect passengers’ privacy. If something is detected, TSA personnel at the scan site will do a directed search.

Travelers worried about radiation exposure can choose not to be scanned and have a manual, pat-down search.  TSA says the amount of radiation is infinitessimal, but until that is verified, I will try the manual search route and see how time-consuming and uncomfortable that is.  Right now TSA says it plans to keep the whole-body scanning machines optional. Stay tuned.

Carolyn

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