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October 22, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
At LAX and other major airports, the Transportation Security Administration is replacing full-body scanners that have been criticized for creating potential health risks and privacy violations with a type of scanner that has not been condemned as harshly. The TSA said Monday that the move is intended to relocate faster scanners to busier airports. The TSA operates more than 700 body scanners at about 180 airports across the country. The machines were introduced at the nation's airports after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a U.S. airliner near Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day 2009.
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March 29, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
If you're fed up with all of those infuriating airline fees, wait until you check into your hotel. To overcome slumping revenue and weak demand, the hotel industry is increasingly billing guests for such things as a mini-bar "restocking fee," a "baggage holding fee" and even a "tray fee." Extra charges at hotels are nothing new. The hospitality industry has long charged guests for making long-distance phone calls, parking and ordering in-room movies. But now more cash-hungry hotel operators are embracing the revenue-generating tactics of the airline industry, said Bjorn Hanson, one of the nation's leading hospitality experts and an associate professor at New York University.
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November 22, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With increased airport security measures sparking passenger furor on Thanksgiving eve, the Torrance company that makes most of controversial full-body image scanners used across the country finds itself at the center of a heated debate over privacy rights and health concerns. Rapiscan Systems Inc. manufactured 211 of the 385 image scanners in use at 68 airports nationwide. The machines, called the Secure 1000, use low levels of radiation to create what looks like a nude image of a screened passenger to detect weapons and contraband hidden under clothing.
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March 13, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
Californians, get ready for your close-up. More of those controversial new full-body airport screening machines are headed for a few LAX terminals in the next two weeks. In all, new units are going online at 11 U.S. airports, including three in the Golden State. The "advanced imaging technology" units have generated concern because they produce what looks like a full-body nude image of scanned passengers to reveal weapons or bombs hidden underneath clothes. Los Angeles, San Jose and San Diego international airports are getting new scanning machines in the latest deployment.
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January 2, 2006 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The weapons seizure was modest: 37 revolvers, 1,280 rounds of ammunition and one silencer. But its discovery at a port halfway around the world last May packed a big punch at Rapiscan Systems Inc. Using equipment built by the Hawthorne company, port inspectors in Bombay, India, found the cache at the bottom of a barrel of waste grease inside a cargo container.
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