updated 1/7/2010 9:21:27 AM ET 2010-01-07T14:21:27

Italy's interior minister says body scanners will be installed in at least two airports.

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Interior Minister Roberto Maroni and the head of the country's civil aviation authority, Vito Riggio, announced the decision at a press conference Thursday.

One scanner will be installed at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, another at Milan's Malpensa hub and possibly a third in Venice within two to three months. Some 10 scanners are expected to be purchased.

The decision was taken following the Christmas Day attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a Delta-owned Northwest Airlines flight.

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said privacy is a fundamental right for passengers. But he says "the right not to be blown up on an airplane is a more important right."

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