Newark Liberty International Airport will be receiving the first body scanners next month, making the airport the first in the New York area to implement this new security technology.
Travel Security Administration (TSA) representative Ann Davis told AOL Travel that the other two major airports in the city, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy, will be receiving their batches of body scanners in the coming months.
TSA has not revealed how many machines will be arriving to any of the three airports, but has stated that the machines will be in operation in security checks shortly after their shipment to the airports, according to the news provider.
The machines have already been installed in 43 airports across the county, and TSA has stated earlier that it plans to distribute 450 more scanners to U.S. airports by the end of 2010.
There has been controversy regarding whether the highly-detailed scans constitute a violation of privacy, the news provider reports, and whether the small level of radiation the scan exposes passengers to is safe. TSA has responded to some of these concerns by assuring the public that the radiation levels do not pose any threats to health, and has said that the technology enhances security because it can detect non-metal weapons and explosives.
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