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Increased airport security

A bomb sniffing dog makes its rounds at O'Hare International Airport on Monday January 4, 2010.
A bomb sniffing dog makes its rounds at O'Hare International Airport on Monday January 4, 2010.AP Photo/Paul Beaty

The push for more body scanners are being made as security measures have been heightened at Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and throughout the nation. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) currently has 40 full body scanners being used at 19 U.S. airports and 300 more scanners on order, according to the Washington Post. Arguments are being made for full body scanning machines to be used at all airports to help screen passengers. The “Christmas day bomber” was not scanned by any of the 15 full body scanners at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, according to the Associated Press.

The security of passengers requires technology, manpower, and management. On Tuesday, President Obama said that the intelligence was “not fully analyzed and not fully leveraged”. The President also said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had”, and that more security measures will be announced in the coming days. As of this past Monday, the TSA required enhanced screening for passengers flying out of, through, or into nations on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, or other countries of interest.

For traveler and security information contact the Transportation Security Administration.

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