Charlotte Airport Debuts Body Scanners

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Full body scanners will be used at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., beginning Tuesday. The move is all part of tighter security efforts to identify items concealed under clothing.

Passengers must still remove all metals, shoes, belts, wallets and cell phones before entering the scanner. A snap shot of the traveller is then taken, which remains anonymous. The photo is then viewed by an officer in a private room who can notify officials of any potential threat.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen explained the scanners identify "metallic and non metallic (objects) that may be concealed under someone's clothing."

"It just makes it safer for everybody," passenger Robert Allen said. "I have no problem with that at all whatsoever."

"If that means I am not going to be blown up or die, then it's worth it to me," passenger Chelsea Stark agreed.

Officials say the scanner is a much faster way to get through airport security.

While passengers are allowed to opt out of being scanned, they still must go through a metal detector and possibly a pat down from a TSA agent.

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