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New security equipment puts SLO Airport on the map

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New security features at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport were demonstrated Monday morning, including a walkthrough body scanner, explosive trace detection machine, and a bottle liquid scanner. 

They have been in operation through the Transportation Security Administration since the new terminal opened on Nov. 2

TSA and airport officials say the new features will help lessen the hassle of traveling, bring in new flyers, and help the small airport compete with others in the area. 

"Some of the major differences is we do have the body scanner which is a huge convenience to people who have medical replacements, so they don't have to go through a full pat-down," said Lisa Dwyer-Grijalba, Supervisory Transportation Security Officer. "We have a lot of regulars who definitely appreciate having that and definitely a lot more space, making it more adequate for passengers to get through a lot quicker and get situated."

The new machines will also allow TSA staff members to open additional lines of security if necessary. 

The new terminal cost an estimated $35.4 million.  

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