Full Body Scanners Coming to an Airport Near You

LA International Airport is beefing up security measures with new full-image body scanners. Local and federal officials are about to announce all nine terminals at LAX will get at least one of the scanners, designed to detect hidden weapons or explosives.

The Transportation Security Administration said the airport currently has four scanners. The machines employ low-level X-rays to detect metallic and nonmetallic threats underneath clothes. Passengers going through a secondary screening can opt for a body pat down if they find the images too revealing.

The federal government is installing hundreds of these scanners across the country after a Nigerian man tried to ignite explosives aboard a flight to Detroit last year.

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