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Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.
The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's law enforcement division.
The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person's body, can detect suspicious items from 30 feet (9 metres) away and have the capability of scanning more than 2,000 passengers per hour.
"We're dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country," said Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske. "Our job is to ensure security in the transportation systems so that a terrorist incident does not happen on our watch."
In addition to the Thruvision scanners, the agency is also planning to purchase other body scanners — which resemble white television cameras on tripods — that have the ability to move around and hone in on specific people and angles, Wiggins said.
"We really want to be effective and we need the ability to have a fixed field of view, but we also need to be able to move that field of view as necessary," Wiggins said. "Deploying these technologies together gives us that accuracy and minimizes any delays."
Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not be screened won't be able to ride on the subway.
originally posted by: DerBeobachter
It´s so funny to observe "The Land Of The Free" from the outsides, better than any comedy show or movie ever was!
originally posted by: Metallicus
How do they 'scan' you? What are commuters being exposed to on a daily basis?
Do we have the right not to be exposed to harmful radiation?
Do we have the right to privacy?
I believe the answer is YES to all.
originally posted by: CornishCeltGuy
a reply to: Metallicus
You don't have a right to public transportation though, no constitutional rights have been infringed, it is your choice to use the transport and be scanned...or not.
...minimizes any delays. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not be screened won't be able to ride on the subway.
"I guess it is a good, precautionary thing," Andrea Kirsh said, a 22-year-old student from Corvallis, Oregon, who was travelling through Los Angeles' Union Station on Tuesday. "It makes me feel safe. As a civilian I think we often don't know what to look for or what we would be looking for."
originally posted by: toysforadults
wait LA has a subway? does anyone use it?