Full-body scanners arrive at Sea-Tac Airport

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by JIM FORMAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 14, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 14 at 10:22 PM

Poll:
Will you use the full-body scanners at Sea-Tac Airport?

SEA-TAC AIRPORT - The first of those controversial full-body scanners have landed at Sea-Tac Airport.

Two of the new machines have been installed at the south checkpoint and will be in full use by the end of next week.

They're backscatter x-ray machines that give security screeners an up-close and personal look at what's under your clothes. Everything. And that is what has caused the controversy.

“I'm not fine with it,” one female passenger told us. "It's like invasion of privacy."

But the government says screeners will be off in private rooms. They don't see who they're screening, just the x-ray image. They say the images are destroyed.

At Sea-Tac, travelers will have the choice of bypassing the new machines, opting for the traditional metal detectors.

Some at Sea-Tac are welcoming the extra layer of cutting-edge security.

“If it keeps us safer on the flights, it's worth it,” a male passenger said.

“If it keeps people safer, I’m fine with it,” said a woman who just landed from Boise.

Still one critic told us, “I think I'd probably pick a different lane."

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