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Published January 28, 2012, 06:29 PM

New Scanners Headed to Grand Forks, Fargo Airports

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hector International Airport in Fargo and Grand Forks International Airport soon will receive new scanners to screen passengers.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hector International Airport in Fargo and Grand Forks International Airport soon will receive new scanners to screen passengers.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Carrie Harmon tells KFGO that the units are able to detect both metallic and nonmetallic objects under passengers' clothing using millimeter wave technology. This is not the same technology that's led to privacy concerns elsewhere.

Harmon says training for the machines is currently underway and they should be in place in Fargo in a few weeks.

TSA officials think the use of the machine will speed up the screening process for passengers.

Harmon says it takes about three seconds to screen passengers using the new technology.

She says, "It's a very efficient and fast machine."

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