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Denver airport first to use new TSA full-body scanner

December 18, 2018
In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, photo, Transportation Security Administration agents in plain clothes test a new full-body scanner that allows travelers to keep their arms and hands at their side at Denver International Airport. TSA at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints. (Jesse Paul/The Colorado Sun via AP)

DENVER (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints.

The Colorado Sun reports airport CEO Kim Day says the Denver airport is the first in the country to pilot the technology.

The new scanner uses the same basic process as the old ones. But TSA federal security director Larry Nau says what might seem like a nominal change — keeping your hands at your side as opposed to raising them in the air — can save a lot of time.

TSA in September introduced automated screening lanes at the airport aimed at speeding up the pace of bins carrying passenger items through screening.

The goal is to have the new technology in place when the airport’s $1.8 billion Great Hall renovation is completed.

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Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.com

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