Collins Urges Look at Alternative Scanner TechnologyText from "Collins Urges Look at Alternative Scanner Technology", Maine Public Broadcasting Network, November 23, 2010.
11/23/2010 11:01 AM ET MPBN
The technology is effective and less invasive than the full body scanners currently in use in the U.S., the Maine senator says. Maine Sen. Susan Collins says equipment that could quiet the controversy over full-body scanners is available, and she doesn't understand why the federal Transportation Safety Administration isn't considering it. Collins says she's seen the scanners in Amsterdam and they're already available here in the U.S.
"I asked the Dutch officials where they got the technology, thinking it must be some special German technology, European technology, unknown to TSA," she says. "Well, it turns out that the firm is in Massachusetts.
Collins says TSA officials are setting up a false choice when they say their policy is the only one that will work. She says the Dutch equipment shows it is possible to screen passengers without nude body scans.
Collins says the Massachusetts company's scanner uses radio waves, not radiation, to detect non-metallic objects on travellers, such as explosives. If anything suspicious is noted, a pat-down can then be conducted, she says.