US security chief: Airport scanners not intrusive

January 21, 2010 7:43:42 AM PST
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought Thursday to allay concerns in some European Union countries over the use of body scanners in airports, saying that as the technology develops they will be less intrusive. Napolitano says "some of the privacy issues that have been raised are dealt with effectively by the new iterations of the technology."

Speaking after meeting Thursday with EU interior ministers, Napolitano denied the U.S. was pressuring Europe to deploy the scanners.

But she says better screening technology is crucial to protecting travelers from terrorism.

The U.S. homeland chief says al-Qaida "is using its best minds against the international aviation system. We must do no less."