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New Wave of Body Scanners Coming Soon

Boston’s Logan International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport are set to receive the first of 150 new whole-body imaging machines that will roll out nationwide this year. Logan will receive three machines, with one going to O’Hare. Both airports are due to receive the machines in the next few weeks.

Boston CBS affiliate WBZ reports that Logan and O’Hare were chosen “based on risk … and whether the airports were physically able to install the machines and provide screeners to operate them.” According to the Chicago Tribune, the remaining machines should be fully deployed by June, though no details are available as to which airports will get them, and when.

O’Hare and Logan are such large airports that the implementation of one scanner, or even three, will have a negligible effect on most travelers. And the few passengers that do find themselves lined up for the body scanners can opt for a pat-down instead.

This group of 150 scanners is paid for by $25 million set aside in last year’s stimulus plan. The proposed 2011 budget calls for 1,000 new body scanners at a cost of $734 million.

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