“O’Hare to get less intrusive body scanner” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on October 23, 2012

John Hilkevich — October 23, 2012: “Just in time for holiday travel, O’Hare International Airport is getting a new type of body scanner that should help speed the lines at security checkpoints and that displays a generic outline of each passenger rather than specific body images that critics have blasted as “a virtual strip-search,” the Transportation Security Administration said Monday.

By January, there will be 29 of the new millimeter wave body-imaging devices at O’Hare, replacing all 23 of the more bulky backscatter advanced image technology X-ray machines that were deployed at the airport starting in 2010, TSA spokesman Luis Casanova said.

The new machines started arriving last month, and more than 14 will be operating by Thanksgiving, the TSA estimates. It means that a mix of the two technologies will be used until the switch-over is completed in January, officials said……………………”

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