Remember those full-body scanners that were supposed to be installed in NYC-area airports last month? Well, as anyone passing through JFK, Laguardia or Newark Airports knows, they aren't there. The Star-Ledger asked the Transportation Safety Administration what's up with that, only for the TSA to cite issues with installation and promise they would be coming in the upcoming weeks. Still, the Star-Ledger points out, "Harrisburg International, Milwaukee Mitchell Airport and dozens of other airfields with little or no known history of terrorist travel are among the locations that have received scanners ahead of the three major airports serving New York City, site of history’s worst terror attack, in September 2001, and several attempts since."

The scanners use X-rays or electromagnetic waves to detect weapons, resulting in 3-D images of passengers' naked bodies (consider pasties). Screening is supposed to take about 20 seconds, but some individuals have experienced screening times of over a minute, which would likely result in longer lines for screening.

TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis told the NJ paper that passengers shouldn't feel less safe because there aren't scanners, "which she said are not necessarily more effective screening measures than metal detectors, pat-downs and behavioral profiling. Rather, she stressed, scanners are simply meant to be faster and less physically intrusive." Davis said, "We don’t want to lead people to think that we don’t have the capacity to get at those threats now. We do."