Obama could expedite use of full-body scanners

12/30/2009 | Reuters

President Barack Obama could expedite the implementation and use of full-body scanners throughout airports in the U.S. because the move does not require Congress to pass legislation. Advocates say the body scanners would have detected the explosives smuggled onboard a recent Northwest Airlines flight by an Islamic militant. Dutch authorities said they will begin using such scanners within weeks. Currently, the full-body scanners are used at 19 American airports, and passengers can opt for a pat-down rather than the scan.

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