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Full Body Scanners Debut At Newark Airport

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A full-body scanner is demonstrated by a man at an airport - Hamburg, Germany - Sep 30, 2010 - Photo: Joern Pollex/Getty Images

A full-body scanner is demonstrated by a man at an airport – Hamburg, Germany – Sep 30, 2010 – Photo: Joern Pollex/Getty Images

NEWARK, NJ (AP / WCBS 880 / CBS 2) - Air travelers passing through Newark Liberty International Airport will soon feel a little more exposed.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports Full Body Scanners Debut at Newark Liberty International Airport

Beginning Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration is rolling out new high-tech body scanners at Newark. The machine create a computerized image of a person’s body and give screeners the ability to check for weapons.

The scanners debuted at Kennedy Airport last week. There currently are more than 300 of them in use at 65 airports around the country.

TSA officials will be at Newark Liberty Airport on Thursday to demonstrate the machines and procedures to protect passengers’ privacy.

The TSA says the technology is optional for all passengers.

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