K.C. International Airport introduces full-body scanners

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 4:16 p.m. CDT; updated 4:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 16, 2010

KANSAS CITY — Travelers embarking on some Southwest Airlines flights out of Kansas City International Airport will be facing a new layer of security starting next week.

Local Transportation Security Administration director John Della Jacono said Kansas City International Airport is one of the first 11 airports nationwide installing full-body scanners this month.

He said all passengers can choose to either walk through the screening system or be patted down separately before boarding an airplane.

At a news conference at the airport Tuesday, Della Jacono acknowledged privacy concerns about being screened by a system that sees through clothing. But he said safeguards are in place to create anonymity of passengers.

The equipment was bought with federal stimulus funds.


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