U.S. airports will add 500 full-body scanners under President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2011. The $215 million scanner initiative is part of a 3% boost in discretionary spending at the Department of Homeland Security, even as many other federal agencies are held to a budget freeze. A DHS official says 75% of high-risk airports will get new scanning technology under the budget plan, along with 60% of second-tier airports. The budget also calls for more explosive detection systems, bomb-sniffing dogs and federal air marshals.
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