LA to become first in US to install subway body scanners

August 14, 2018 - 11:19 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is poised to have the first mass transit system in the U.S. with body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transportation Security Administration will discuss the technology at a Tuesday morning news conference.

The scanners being deployed in Los Angeles project scanning waves to screen passengers at a distance. Officials say they can scan up to 2,000 passengers each hour.

The TSA has been working on the experimental devices, known as standoff explosive detection units, since 2004 with transit agencies. Until now, they hadn't been deployed permanently at any transit hub.

The technology has also been tested in New York City.

Metro had also previously tested airport-style screening systems, where passengers walk through a scanner.

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