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Full body scanners being replaced at NYC's 2 airports

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2009 file photo, Tanner Suttles, left, a Transportation Security Administration employee is screened by a TSA officer during a demonstration of passenger screening technology at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Va. Security experts have floated several new ideas to enhance airport security in the weeks since authorities say a Nigerian man on a Detroit-bound jetliner tried to ignite explosives hidden in his crotch. Some ideas are being tested, others are far from proven, some aren't being seriously considered. Many raise questions about civil liberties and all are costly. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2009 file photo, Tanner Suttles, left, a Transportation Security Administration employee is screened by a TSA officer during a demonstration of passenger screening technology at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Va. Security experts have floated several new ideas to enhance airport security in the weeks since authorities say a Nigerian man on a Detroit-bound jetliner tried to ignite explosives hidden in his crotch. Some ideas are being tested, others are far from proven, some aren't being seriously considered. Many raise questions about civil liberties and all are costly. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)  (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

The Transportation Security Administration is removing full body scanners from New York's airports and moving them to less busy airports.

LaGuardia and Kennedy airports are among a number of major airports where the backscatter technology machines are being removed.

They will be replaced with millimeter wave machines that produce a more generic outline of a person's body, compared to the more specific backscatter image.

The agency says the decision was made to speed up security checkpoints.

The TSA says which smaller airports will get the backscatter scanners is still to be determined.

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