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Body scanners, which are designed to reveal objects hidden under clothing, have the potential to close a significant security gap for the Transportation Security Administration because metal detectors can't find explosives or ceramic knives, which can be just as sharp as the box cutters that hijackers used on 9/11.

X-raying passengers for airline security became a lot less common in 2012. Read more»

Body scanners, which are designed to reveal objects hidden under clothing, have the potential to close a significant security gap for the Transportation Security Administration because metal detectors can't find explosives or ceramic knives, which can be just as sharp as the box cutters that hijackers used on 9/11.

The Transportation Security Administration will have the National Academy of Sciences study the health effects of X-ray body scanners used in airports. Read more»

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer. Read more» 1

Ibrahim al-Asiri is believed to have improved the design of the underwear bomb that was intended to be used to take down an airliner in December 2009.

The CIA thwarted a plot by al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to bomb a U.S.-bound airplane around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Read more»

Travelers in the Global Entry program can move quickly through passport processing at airports, saving up to 70 percent of the time it takes to get through the checkpoint.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will begin participating this month in a program that speeds up processing through customs checkpoints for pre-approved fliers. Read more»

So ... that ten years we've just had of taking our shoes off for airport screenings? Um ... never mind! Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says travelers may soon be able to keep their shoes on when they pass through airport security checkpoints. Read more»

Body scanners, which are designed to reveal objects hidden under clothing, have the potential to close a significant security gap for the Transportation Security Administration because metal detectors can't find explosives or ceramic knives, which can be just as sharp as the box cutters that hijackers used on 9/11. But the agency won't allow independent testing for the safety of the devices.

Scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence made public to support claims that airport body scanners are safe is unreliable. Read more» 1

A screening area at Denver International Airport in March 2009.

“Don’t touch my junk” probably wouldn’t translate well into all 23 official languages of the European Union. But Europeans don’t need a rallying cry to resist what the TSA calls “enhanced pat-downs” and aggrieved travelers are calling “government-approved groping” — it’s not happening in Europe. Read more»

Federal officials say the best way for them to ferret out hidden bombs on a traveler's person is to get intimate with them at the boarding gates. Read more»

President Obama regrets the inconvenience of backscatter scanners and "enhanced pat-downs" at airport security. Read more»

The TSA agreed Friday to exempt uniformed pilots for U.S. carriers from enhanced pat-downs and full body scans. They're the only ones who are exempt. Read more» 2