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TIA to switch on body scanners next week

Those new security scanners that take a picture of what's beneath travelers' clothes will get their first use at Tampa International Airport next week. The "millimeter wave" machines use harmless electromagnetic waves to create a murky image that shows hidden explosives and weapons, both metal and nonmetallic. Officers will randomly select passengers for the body scan after they clear a standard screening. Travelers can opt for a pat-down search instead. The machines will first go into use Oct. 24.

TIA to switch on body scanners next week 10/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2008 7:27pm]
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