Full body scanners coming to Blue Grass Airport

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Security at Blue Grass Airport is about to get a high-tech upgrade.

The current system will be replaced with full body scanners, similar to those at airports in Indianapolis and other cities across the country, and many travelers seem ready for the change.

Going through airport security is something no one enjoys, and the installation of full body scanners in airports across the country has raised eyebrows about privacy. But many of the travelers we met at Blue Grass Airport didn't seem to mind plans for the machines to come to Lexington. "If it's going to keep everybody safe, keep the plane in the air, yeah, I wouldn't mind doing it," Joe Morrison said waiting to board his plane to North Carolina, "I got nothing to hide."

Frequent flier Jim Herbert says he's been through the scanners in Indianapolis, and he prefers them. "In a lot of places, we go through the full body scanners, and they might find one place that's suspicious, like I got glasses. They check my glasses, and I come through, and I go ahead," Herbert said, "Whereas the metal detectors sometimes they're not that
precise, and they got to do a rub down and pat you down and do all sorts of things. Typically I think the full body scanners are faster than the current system."

TSA officials insist privacy safeguards will be in place, and once the full body image is viewed by an agent, it will be gone forever. "I think people are beyond worrying about privacy," Herbert said, "You know, whoever's looking at that's burried in a concrete room somewhere else, and he don't even know who the people are, so I think that sensitivity is probably gone now."

The full body scanners are set to be installed in the weeks ahead.

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