Body scanners to be installed at all intl airports -- Jan 13
The transport ministry has decided to set up body scanners, which can detect dangerous objects by seeing through the clothing of passengers, at all airports with international flights by 2020, according to sources.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry aims to install the devices to prevent dangerous objects from being brought onto planes.

With mounting threats of international terrorism, the ministry has judged it necessary to reinforce security measures at airports, including regional airports.

From next fiscal year, the government will subsidize the costs of purchasing body scanners so that introduction of the machines can be promoted smoothly, the sources said.

Body scanners beam weak radio waves onto the whole body to detect dangerous objects under clothing. They can also detect explosives, which cannot be found by metal detectors.

The scanners are widely used in the United States and European countries.

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