HELENA, Mont. — Helena Regional Airport in Montana will soon be using a full-body scanner for the first time since March 2013.

The Independent Record reported (http://bit.ly/2pDdVBG ) Monday that the scanner is going through installation and should be ready for use in a few days.

Helena Regional Airport’s Director Jeff Wadekamper says the previous scanner was removed because the Transportation Security Administration didn’t have enough to supply the nation’s hub airports. Helena’s scanner had to be relocated to meet the administration’s goal.

The scanner produces a non-descriptive image of either a male or a female, depending on which button is selected by the scanner’s operator. It detects metallic and non-metallic items outside of a person’s body, which means people with implants are not singled out for further screening. It cost about $150,000.


Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com