[ RadSafe ] More airports to use 'whole body imaging' machines

Perle, Sandy sperle at mirion.com
Tue Apr 15 21:04:41 CDT 2008

More airports to use 'whole body imaging' machines

WASHINGTON (CNN) Apr 15 -- Some travelers at key airports in New York
and Los Angeles may be put through machines that see through clothing
and provide a detailed image of a person's body beginning later this

The TSA says the screener who reviews the images is in a booth, unable
to see the travelers.

It's the first expansion of the program since the machines were first
put to the test in Phoenix, Arizona.

The "whole body imaging" machines have sparked complaints from privacy

But the Transportation Security Administration says that it has taken
steps to protect individuals' privacy and that 90 percent of the
travelers in Phoenix preferred the imaging machine to a pat-down.

The millimeter wave machines will be rolled out at John F. Kennedy
International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport
in California later this week, TSA Administrator Kip Hawley told
Congress on Tuesday.

The TSA will be purchasing at least 30 more machines for use at other
U.S. airports this year, he added.

The TSA will use two different methods at JFK and LAX as they study the
most effective way to use the machines.
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At JFK, passengers sent to secondary screening will be given the option
of a pat-down or a trip through the body imager. To protect the
traveler's privacy, the screener who reviews the image is in a booth,
unable to see the traveler, according to the TSA. The traveler's face is
pixilated and the image is not stored, the TSA said.

At LAX, the millimeter wave machine will be located just beyond the
checkpoint magnetometers.

Travelers will continuously and randomly be selected to go through the
machine. While signs will inform them of the pat-down option, screeners
will not announce that choice. But passengers electing not to go through
the millimeter wave machine will be given the option of the pat-down.

A TSA spokesman said the agency is still exploring backscatter, another
imaging technology in use at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.

Millimeter wave machines are already in use at airports in Britain,
Spain, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Thailand and the Netherlands, as well
as at some court and corrections facilities in Virginia, Colorado,
Pennsylvania, California and Illinois.

Sky Harbor began using the machines last October.

Hawley also announced Tuesday the TSA is purchasing another 580
multi-view X-ray machines that are used to screen passengers' carry-on
bags, bringing the total to 830 machines. The machines give screeners a
clearer, more detailed view. Some 600 machines will be deployed by
year's end, he said.

The technology is a "powerful platform" that can be adjusted to include
software capable of detecting liquid explosives, he said.

Sander C. Perle 
Mirion Technologies, Inc., Dosimetry Service Division
2652 McGaw Avenue
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