New Security Measures at Blue Grass Airport

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Updated: 2/29/2012 11:44 pm

     Making the skies safer, that's the goal of these two new full body scanners at the Blue Grass Airport.

     "It's a significant security upgrade, gives our officers another tool to keep the traveling public safe," says Jim Fotenos with the Transportation Security Administration.

     Each one cost between $120,000 and $180,000.  Right now, the full body scanners are being installed and tested.  The TSA says this won't impact your wait time here at the airport but there are some things you need to know :56>

     "The biggest change for passengers is going to be that now they're going to have to remove all the items from their pockets when they come to the airport.  In the past we asked them to take metal items out, like their phone and their keys.  Now, we're going to be asking them to remove things like their wallet and your boarding pass," explains Fotenos.

     That's because these full body scanners can also detect non-metallic items.

     "This technology looks for things like liquids, powders, gels, plastics, things that can be used as explosives in cells or as components for explosives," comments Fotenos.

     The full body scanners will be used in conjunction with the metal detectors that are already up and running at the airport.  Many fliers say they're happy about the added security.

     "It does make me feel safer, that they are looking and really attempting to make it safer at the airport," says passenger Linda Hall.

     "I think it will be easier and make it go a lot faster than standing there forever, so I'm excited about it," explains passenger Savanah Williams.

     Flyers will be able to forgo the full body scan and opt for a pat-down instead.  The scanners are expected to be up and running in the next few days.
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