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Posted at 3:48 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

All checkpoints won't get body scanners

By Ashley Halsey III

The plan to use 1,800 of the controversial full-body scanners at the nation's airports will leave about 500 security checkpoints without the new high-tech machines, according to Congressional testimony on Thursday.

The scanners normally produce real-time outlines of the naked human body, which some have criticized as too revealing. The Transportation Security Administration has been embroiled in controversy since installation of the new scanners began, along with an "enhanced" pat-down for people who opt not to go through the new machines.

Stephen M. Lord, director of homeland security for the Government Accountability Office, said the 1,800 new machines will be used at airports with the highest passenger volumes. There currently are 385 in use, with 500 expected to be deployed by year's end. The number is to grow to 1,000 by the end of 2011 and ultimately reach 1,800, according to TSA officials.

Lord told the Senate subcommittee on aviation that there are 2,300 airport security checkpoints.

Poll: Which would you choose: a full-body scan or a pat-down?

Graphic: How the scanners work

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By Ashley Halsey III  | December 2, 2010; 3:48 PM ET
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Comments

So, while American citizens are treated as guilty until proven innocent at 1800 airports, (because we are in the grip of terror apparently) the terrorists will have 500 choices to operate from.
Logically then the goal isn't to stop terrorists from blowing up airplanes, its to give a (false in my opinion) sense of security at 1800 airports.

The terrorists are firmly in control!

Can't wait for gov controlled healthcare.

Posted by: rpy2 | December 3, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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