9 more U.S. airports will receive body scanners in coming months
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that nine more U.S. airports will receive body-scanning technology, as the United States heightens its effort to detect hidden explosives and contraband amid a threat highlighted by an airliner bombing attempt on Christmas Day.
TSA security director Lee Kair said units will be fielded in the coming months at Charlotte; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; and in California at San Diego; Los Angeles; Oakland and San Jose.
The scanners will join three machines going online Monday at Boston's Logan International Airport and one being deployed next week at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
All are among 150 machines bought with money from the federal stimulus package signed by President Obama last year. They join 40 machines already in use at 19 airports.
Passengers retain the right to opt out of a body scanning for a more intense but traditional screening.
Deployment of the machines was announced in the fall, before Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with explosives concealed in his underwear.