Chicago airport gets full-body scanner
Chicago`s O`Hare Intl airport got its first full-body scanner today, with US authorities expecting more such machines to be installed soon.
Chicago: Chicago`s O`Hare International
airport got its first full-body scanner today, with US
authorities expecting more such machines to be installed soon
as part of stepped-up security measures in the wake of the
botched Christmas Day attempt by al-Qaeda to blow up a plane.
The scanner, which sees through a person`s clothing to
reveal explosives or weapons, was installed at the airport`s
Terminal one. It resembles two blue telephone booths standing
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Director at
O`Hare Kathleen Petrowsky said she anticipates the body scans
-- currently optional for passengers -- will become mandatory
Passengers who refuse to go through these scanners on
grounds that they are an invasion of privacy have the option
to submit to a physical pat-down by a TSA officer using a
City officials said they expect more body-imaging
technology to be installed at O`Hare later this year.
So far, 21 airports across the country have been equipped
with the units and nine more are slated to receive the
TSA plans to deploy a total of 450 body scanners across
US airports this year, after the failed December 25 attempt
last year to blow up a Detroit-bound flight by an
al-Qaeda-trained Nigerian bomber who had hidden explosives in