Full-body scanners coming to Charlotte Douglas
The first full body scanners are expected to be up and running at Charlotte Douglas International Airport within the next two months. Charlotte will be one of ten airports receiving the new scanners that can find weapons made out of medal as well as explosives. The machines produce images that look like chalk sketches. Nineteen airports across the country including Raleigh-Durham International already use full-body scanners. Charlotte Douglas's Aviation Director Jerry Orr isn't thrilled with them. "I think they're very big, very, very expensive and it takes more people to run it," says Orr. "I think it's the flavor of the day." Orr says over the years the Transportation Security Administration has given the airport a string of machines that have had varying degrees of success. "Well, there was the puffer machine that didn't work and we've had several different x-ray machines here for luggage," adds Orr. Charlotte Douglas should have five full-body scanners by the end of the year. The airport will continue to rely on the traditional metal detectors as the primary screener. People will be randomly selected to go through the scanners. If picked, people can instead choose to be patted down. Orr says the new machines will mean longer lines since it takes a passenger about twenty seconds to be scanned.