TSA to retire scanners showing naked images

first_imgThose airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.The government rapidly stepped up its use of body scanners after a man snuck explosives onto a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas day in 2009.At first, both types of scanners showed travelers naked. The idea was that security workers could spot metallic objects such as guns and nonmetallic items such as plastic explosives. The scanners also showed every other detail of the passenger’s body, too.The TSA defended the scanners, saying the images couldn’t be stored and were seen only by a security worker who didn’t interact with the passenger. But the scans still raised privacy concerns. Congress ordered that the scanners either produce a more generic image or be removed by June.On Thursday, Rapiscan, the maker of the X-ray, or backscatter, scanner, acknowledged that it wouldn’t be able to meet the June deadline. The TSA said Friday that it ended its contract for the software with Rapiscan.last_img

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