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TSA Body Scan Quick, Modest, Easy

Writer would take scan over pat-down, rubber gloves any day
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2010 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Going through security at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, passengers have the choice of a pat-down or a walk through a full body scanner, and Jon Hilkevitch is going “with the touch-less scan every time.” He took a spin through a checkpoint equipped with the newly installed machines, and “my impression was that the process is free of embarrassment,” he writes for the Chicago Tribune.

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The procedure is quick, Hilkevitch writes—a mere 5 seconds or so. And it’s as modest as possible: The TSA officer who directs you through the scanner never sees the image, which is the job of another screener sequestered from passengers who communicates using a radio. And the images, which Hilkevitch compares to a “chalk etching,” are immediately deleted. Sadly, you still have to remove your shoes. (Read more full body scanner stories.)

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