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Full Body Scanners Coming to Chicago

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Full Body Scanners Coming to Chicago

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The first full body scanners are scheduled to go to Chicago’s O’Hare International airport in the next two weeks.

The first of 150 machines will be installed in Boston’s Logan International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare. The scanners purchased with federal stimulus money reveals a detailed silhouette under a person’s clothing identifying any explosives or weapons hidden on the body. Travelers will be selected at random. They’ll be given the option to go through the imaging device or take a pat-down from security. Scanners in Boston and Chicago are expected to be in operation by March.

The Associated Press reports a Homeland Security Department official speaking under the condition of anonymity says the rest of the 150 machines will be installed around the country by June. Soon after the attempted Christmas Day terror bombing, the Obama administration called for purchasing hundreds more of the full body scanners.

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