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Number of full-body scanners at US airports to triple in 2010

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Authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the origin of the Chistmas Day flight, said Wednesday that they would use full-body scanners to screen passengers on US-bound flights.

Karen Pride of the Chicago Department of Transportation, which operates O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago, said O'Hare would be receiving new scanners in 2010 but would not say when and in what numbers.

Besides O’Hare, Boston’s Logan International Airport will also receive scanners, according to the Transportation Security Administration. A total of 150 are planned for 2010 throughout the US, although that number is expected to increase.

The ACLU contends that the scanners are not fool-proof in monitoring explosives, which can be hid in a body cavity. That was the case with Al Qaeda suicide bomber Abdullah Hassan Tali Assiri, who in September attacked and injured Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his home after passing through two separate airport scanners with the explosives hidden in a body cavity.

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