Is Klobuchar warming up to full body scans at U.S. airports?
Down at the bottom of Minnesota Public Radio's story on Sen. Amy Klobuchar's recent surprise visit to Afghanistan, it sounded as though she might be edging closer to support for requiring full body scans at airport security check points.
The question came up in relation to the would-be crotch bomber's failed attempt to bring down a Christmas Day Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Her position on the issue matters because the Senate Commerce Committee, on which she sits, would play a key role in passing legislation to institute such checks. The House passed a bill during the summer limiting their use.
"I think we have to do everything that we can to make sure that this doesn't happen again," Klobuchar told MPR. "I'm someone that gets screened every single time because I've had a hip replacement. It's not that bad, you can handle it. I just think we should err on the side of making sure that these screenings are thorough."
Forty units are in use at 19 airports, including Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall airports. The Transportation Security Administration said it has ordered 150 more scanners to be installed early this year and has secured funding for an additional 300.
European airports are already stepping up their use.