Body scanners come to Portland's airport
Saturday, November 12, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration says it's bringing the latest generation of airport security technology to Oregon airports.
The new body scanning machines at security checkpoints are designed to avoid some of the more controversial aspect of airport security screenings. They do not produce an outline of the body, but rather look for anomalies of something attached outside the body or hidden in clothing.
The TSA's federal security director for Oregon, Mike Irwin, tells The Oregonian the machines can reduce pat-down searches because they aren't triggered by artificial joints, unlike metal detectors.
Three Advanced Imaging Technology devices are now in use at Portland International Airport, and officials expect to have them running at all of the airport's security checkpoints by the holiday travel rush.