The Greater Moncton International Airport is getting a full body scanner.

The new equipment will satisfy U.S. airlines and help the airport remain competitive, according to its President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Robichaud.

The machines allow a screening officer to see whether someone is carrying plastic explosives or other dangerous items.             

"Perhaps sometime in the future they might decree, 'If you want to come into the U.S. you need this technology'. Ergo, if we didn't have it the airlines would say, 'I'm sorry we can't serve you any longer,' or we wouldn't be able to entice new entrants into the market," said Robichaud.  

The technology has stirred some controversy because the scanner produces a three-dimensional outline of a person's naked body.               

Robichaud doesn't think passengers will mind.

"I read a survey most recently that was done and it showed that about 96 percent of Canadians actually prefer the scanner to the body pat down," he said.

The federal government is paying for the scanner, said Robichaud.

It's expected to arrive in mid-June.

In January, Canada's eight largest cities were told they were getting full body scanners.