Stimulus Funds Add Full-Body Scanners to 28 Airports

TSA plans to deploy 450 ARRA-funded units in 2010.
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The Department of Homeland Security calls it "advanced imaging technology (AIT)." Critics call the process--stepping into the the full-body scanners at airports that can detect even small non-metallic objects under clothing--the "virtual strip search."

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An L-3 ProVision scanner, an example of the imagers being deployed. Whatever the name, the devices are coming to 28 more airports nationwide, thanks to funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka the Stimulus Bill.

Here's a list of the airports:

•Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)*
•Bradley International Airport (BDL)
•Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
•Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
•Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)*
•Dulles International Airport (IAD)
•Fresno Air Terminal (FAT)
•General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
•Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
•Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)
•Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
•Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
•Indianapolis International Airport (IND)*
•Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)*
•John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
•McCarran International Airport (LAS)*
•Miami International Airport (MIA)*
•Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
•Nashville International Airport (BNA)
•Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
•Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
•Richmond International Airport (RIC)*
•Saipan International Airport (GSN)
•Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)*
•San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
•San Francisco International Airport (SFO)*
•Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
•Tampa International Airport (TPA)*

* Denotes airports that currently have the imagers in place and are receiving additional units using ARRA funding.

Back in March, DHS announced the deployments of the scanners in 28 airports.

Additional airports will be announced in the near future. Factors including airport readiness, checkpoint infrastructure, and capacity to ensure privacy protections--including a separate, remotely located room for viewing images--are carefully considered before AIT units are deployed to selected airports, DHS said.

There are now more than 142 of the units deployed to airports nationwide, and TSA plans to deploy 450 ARRA-funded units in 2010.

DHS said the deployment will improve security and create local jobs.

ARRA, signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, committed more than $3 billion for homeland security projects.

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