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TSA Removes Body Scanners

TSA Removes Body Scanners

HELENA, Montana — The Transportation Security Administration has removed the full-body scanner from Helena Regional Airport and replaced it with a walk-through metal detector.

The state-of-the-art scanner was removed Thursday evening and was to be shipped to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to replace a low-dose X-ray machine. The company that makes the X-ray machines was unable to meet a June 2013 congressional deadline for software upgrades to show screeners less-revealing images of passengers, prompting the TSA to remove full-body scanners from smaller airports and use them to replace the X-ray machines at larger airports.

Helena airport manager Ron Mercer fought the removal of the scanner for about a month before reluctantly agreeing to let the TSA remove the scanner.

The TSA has already removed a full-body scanner from the Kalispell airport.

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