Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | October 7, 2010

Full-body imaging will start 10/8/2010 at Lambert

St. Louis • Passengers boarding planes at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will go through full-body imaging machines at one of the security checkpoints starting Friday.

The Transportation Security Administration said two new imaging devices at Lambert will use low-level X-ray beams to screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, such as weapons and explosives. Passengers will walk through a portal as a black-and-white image of them, akin to a chalk etching, is generated.

The devices will debut Friday at Terminal 2, which houses airlines including Southwest. More will be deployed in the future to other Lambert checkpoints.

Full-body imaging has been criticized by privacy advocates for fear it is akin to an electronic strip-search. But TSA officials say images will not be stored, transmitted or printed. Also, an officer who views the images is in a separate location and does not see the passengers, according to the TSA.

TSA officials say the screening is optional and takes a matter of seconds. Those who refuse can opt for a physical pat-down.

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