Alabama airport gets high tech x-ray machines

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is the first airport in Mississippi, Alabama or Louisiana to use advanced imaging technology to scan passengers.

The units went into service Friday. Officials say the machines are capable of detecting both metallic and non-metallic threats.

The technology is optional and passengers can take a physical pat-down instead.

Officials say the machines use low-dose X-rays equal to being inside an airplane for two minutes. The scanners cost between $130,000 and $170,000 each and will be installed at 28 airports. They are being manufactured by Rapiscan Systems in Ocean Springs.

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