Authorities Considering More Body Scanners at LAX

Mayor supports expanded use of full-body scanners at the airport.

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    More security measures may be coming to LAX according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. (Published Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010)

    More security measures may be coming to LAX, according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

    The mayor met with police and airport security officials at LAX, and told reporters he supports the expanded use of full-body scanners at the airport.

    Authorities Considering More Body Scanners at LAX

    [LA] Authorities Considering More Body Scanners at LAX
    More security measures may be coming to LAX according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. (Published Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010)

    With heightened security measures in place at airports around the world, Villaraigosa insisted today that Los Angeles International Airport is safe for travelers, but said additional security steps are being considered to ease concerns about terrorism.

    "Fortunately, here at LAX, we're ahead of the curve on security measures, making our airport safer. I'm proud to say we're not resting on our laurels," he said.

    On Monday, the head of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association urged the federal government to quickly adopt body scanners on a wide scale to keep explosives off jetliners.

    "This incident is a solemn reminder of the need for proactive airport security at U.S. airports, especially at Los Angeles International Airport, long considered the state's top terrorist target," association president Marshall McClain said.

    LAX is one of 19 airports using whole-body imagers, but the devices generally are deployed only after a passenger has been selected for secondary screening, McClain said.