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NJ calls for probe into full-body airport scanners

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Federal security officials may have to take another look at full-body scans at Newark Airport in New Jersey, where lawmakers teamed up with the ACLU on Monday in asking Congress to review whether the X-ray devices lead to unreasonable search and seizure.

“With the busiest travel day of the year just 10 days away, the TSA needs to get a reality check and soon,” state Sen. Jim Beach (D-Camden) said of the Thanksgiving holiday. “Airport security is meant to make passengers feel better about flying, not humiliate them.”

Meanwhile, New Yorkers on Monday said the scanners that essentially show you naked could be an invasion of privacy, but conceded they’re necessary if it’s a matter of security.

“It’s hard to be one-sided if it’s safer for you and the rest of the people,” said Catherine Molina, 23, of Corona.

Frequent flyer Nicholas Barfell agreed. “I do whatever they tell me and try not to cause too much hassle,” the Upper West Side resident said. “It’s not worth the argument and if it makes flying safer.”

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the systems, saying, “This is all being done as a process to make sure the traveling public is safe.”

Newark Airport began using its first full-body scanner last month. Kennedy Airport installed some of the devices last month, and LaGuardia Airport tested them out in May. There are 300 scanners installed nationwide.

(With Reuters)

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