Los Angeles is equipping its subways with body scanners and it will be the first city in the United States adopting this advanced tech. The Southern California metropolis will not use the heavy and slow-operating tech that populates the U.S airports. But, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of LA will offer portable trunk-sized scanners in order to analyze people from 30-feet at a rate of 2,000 individuals per hour. The Los Angeles Times reported that LA MTA will use scanners manufactured by Thruvision. These scanners will be used in response to expected threats of terrorism. These scanners have the ability to scan large crowds heading to sporting events or protests.
These scanners use radio waves to find out guns and nonmetal explosives hidden under clothing and show them on a split-screen display. The estimated cost of each device is around 100,000 U.S dollars. The LA MTA law enforcement chief Alex Wiggins informed the Associated Press that they are specifically targeting in finding explosive vests and assault rifles. Wiggins added that they aren’t necessarily looking for smaller weapons that don’t have the ability to inflict mass casualties. The LA transit authority is also planning to buy another model of body scanner that looks like a tripod-mounted TV camera, which can focus on individuals. Thruvision’s trunk model was approved by TSA for use as a mass-transit scanner during the last year. The agency previously tested body scanners at NYC’s Penn Station and Union Station in Washington D.C, in the month of February.