From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), whose district includes JFK, said he used to be opposed to the full-body image scanners used at some airports in the country because of the devices’ invasion of privacy. But after a suspected al Qaeda terrorist nearly detonated a plastic bomb hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight from Africa to Detroit last month, the councilman said his reservations may be moot.
“I think we don’t have a choice. The terrorists have already shown that they are probing us and New York is already target No. 1,” he said.
Sanders, a former Marine who tested military equipment, said he was concerned about privacy issues but said future upgrades and reassurances from the federal government could alleviate concerns.
“We still have things to work out. We have to find a way where they are not intrusive,” he said.
Other elected officials have joined in support of the machines and called for tighter security around the world’s airports.
The office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Astoria) said the congressman supports the devices and any upgrades to area airports.