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Oct 26, 2010 10:12 AM by AP & Kate Mundy

Body Scans Start Today at Airport in New Orleans

Travelers in New Orleans will be parting with their water bottles and modesty starting today. Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans is among several airports in the U.S. offering body scans instead of walking through the medical detector.
The Transportation Security Administration has begun to put the scanners in more U.S airports. This week, New york and New Jersey airports also go the machines. They give screeners the ability to see beneath a passenger's clothing while they search for weapons.
At Kennedy Airport on Friday, select passengers at the American Airlines terminal were asked to step inside a big X-ray machine and raise their arms after passing through the metal detectors.
The devices use a low dose of radiation to create a computerized image of a person's body.
The TSA has the scanners deployed at 61 airports nationwide.

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