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BWI Travelers: Get Ready For Your Close Up!

Full body scanners now used as primary screening device

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    CHICAGO - MARCH 15: A sign at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint instructs passengers about the use of the full-body scanner at O'Hare International Airport on March 15, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Backscatter Advanced Imaging Technology scanners are scheduled to be put into use at the airport today. Twenty airports nationwide are now using full-body scanners. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Flying out of BWI Airport anytime soon? Well then prepare for a rather invasive security scan.

    Starting Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration will begin using four advanced-imaging technology machines as the primary tool for screening passengers at several checkpoints.  Before now, they were used only as a backup screening method, with passengers asked at random to go through them.

    The technology allows security officers to see through your clothes.  They'll see images of your body on a computer screen, but your facial features will be blurred out.

    For now, you won't be required to go through the machine.  You still have the option of choosing the metal detector and a pat down.

    BWI is expected to get several more of the devices by the end of the year.