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Does Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport Have a Scanner?

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Question: Does Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport Have a Scanner?
Answer: Yup, Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport has a scanner, or scanners. The scanners are millimeter wave and backscatter imaging devices implemented as a screening measure by the TSA and Homeland Security over the last few years (learn more); these advanced imaging technology sanners take an x-ray-like image (see it at the upper right) of your naked body beneath your clothes and transmit it to a TSA employee, who is seated a distance away and is not in your sight line; he/she can then determine whether you've got weapons or bombs or other contraband underneath your clothes. The screening process takes place at airport security checkpoints, and you must go though airport security checkpoints before you board an airplane.

You can opt out of walking through the advanced imaging technology, or AIT, scanner and choose a pat down instead. We've done the patdown thing several times; it's not unpleasant, and we'd rather cope with the grope than get the ogle.

So, why do you need to know whether Albuquerque's International Sunport Airport has a scanner? If you're onee who don't want images of one's naked body being sent from the backscatter x ray machine thingamajig, you'll know you need to arrive at the airport early, as you'll likely be in for a wait when you choose a patdown over the AIT scanner: though the TSA says it ain't so, waiting for a patdown at airport security can be verrrry slooooow. Learn more:

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