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TSA testing new, less invasive body scanners

Transportation Security Administration supervisor Nick Fox, right, demonstrates new software being tested with advanced imaging technology at McCarran International Airport Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Las Vegas. TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird says the software unveiled Tuesday lets passengers see what its security screeners see, and it uses a more generic image. (Julie Jacobson)

February 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Transportation Security Administration is testing new body scanners that are more private and modest than ones currently in use.

The new scanner shows a passenger's physical contours but does not show details of a person's body. The scanner is still able to detect any hidden weapons or explosives.

The new scanners are being tested in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

If all goes well for two months, the TSA can install the software to 250 of the scanners nationwide at a cost of $2.7 million. The expansion will be limited to that because the software only works on machines produced by one of the two companies that make them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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