Flyers Divided Over Full Body Scanners Coming to Midland

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Whether you think they're good for safety or an invasion of privacy, it doesn't matter.

A full body scanner is coming to Midland International Airport, but local flyers are divided on the issue.

"We knew they were coming down the pike," Marv Esterly, Director of Airports, said. "So we just decided it would be a good time to start talking to our board and citizens so they'd get the idea of what's going to happen."

Right now, the airport doesn't expect to get a full body scanner until 2011.

"I have been through the body scanner - the same one that we think we're going to receive in Denver," Esterly said. "It was a pretty quick process, and you know I didn't feel uncomfortable."

"It's better," Traveler, Freddy Ortiz said. "And I think it will help everybody."

But not all flyers are excited about the new safety measures.

"I don't know exactly what they can see," Traveler, Talya Webb said. "Maybe if I knew what they were seeing on the other side, I'd feel more comfortable with it. But as far as I know, with an uneducated opinion, they just might be able to see everything."

And that's ok; Esterly says if you don't feel comfortable, you can always opt out.

"If you opt out and decide you don't want to go through this particular device, then you can go through the pat down," he said. "Just like it is with the current system and magnetometers, but you're going to have to go through security. There's no way around security of course, but it'll be one of the two."

So, whether you're for or against the scanners, they're coming, so get ready.