Not too fond of the full-body pat-down when you’re rushing to get to the gate? You could avoid the hassle and expedite your trip by signing up for the Clear Registered Traveler service, or hope that the airport security adopts better technology.
The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is set to begin tests today of a new full-body scanning machine that uses radio waves to search for suspicious objects. The scan itself takes less than two seconds, but it takes a minute for the result to appear on a computer screen for analysis. That’s not exactly instantaneous, but at least no one’s running their hands over your personal areas. Privacy advocates are protesting, calling the machines virtual strip-searches.—Gregory Mone