March 15, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Critics call it an invasion of privacy, but most passengers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport told ABC 7 the full body scanner is OK because it improves safety.
The high-tech security system called the Advanced Imaging Technology Unit is being used in United’s Terminal One at O’Hare International Airport. It takes 5 to 8 seconds for the system to scan a passenger. Officials say the body scanners safely screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives. But critics argue the scanners invade privacy because of its ability to see through clothing.