published Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Chattanooga airport turns on full body scanner in time for Christmas rush

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    Staff File Photo by Tim Barber The terminal and surrounding areas of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

In time for the Christmas travel rush, officials have turned on a new full-body scanner at the passenger security checkpoint at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

“There’s an improved security result,” said Stephen Wood, federal security director at the airport for the Transportation Security Administration.

Officials also have opened a second passenger line to speed travelers through the checkpoint.

“It helps customer service. It speeds people through,” said airport spokeswoman Christina Siebold.

Officials said the scanner uses the latest in technology and is less invasive to a person’s privacy.

Chattanooga is Tennessee’s fourth airport to receive a full-body scanner.

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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inquiringmind said...

At least now those folks whose salary we pay can get some free XXX videos

December 22, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
GeorgiaRebel said...

More waste of taxpayer dollars, intrusion into our lives, and "feel good" security without doing anything to provide real security.

December 22, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.

Just another reason to drive instead of flying. It isn't enough you have to show up 2 hours early, sit crammed together, pay extra to bring clothes or packages with you and pretend you are happy with 3 pretzel nuggets and half a Coke. Not to mention the real possibility of a delay, a missed connection and lost luggage. Thanks, but no thanks. Hello open highway!

December 23, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
mrredskin said...

if everyone were to "opt out", we wouldn't have to deal with these things.

December 23, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
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