TSA Tests 'Less-Naked' Body Scanner

Instead of showing every curve, new software uses a generic outline
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 7:57 AM CST
Transportation Security Administration supervisor Nick Fox, right, demonstrates new software being tested with advanced imaging technology at McCarran International Airport Tuesday, Feb. 1.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann may not have to worry about "naked pictures" of herself winding up on the Internet anymore—or, at least not clearly defined ones. The TSA yesterday began testing a more modest full-body scanner at three airports. The system uses the same machines, but new software, which ditches the X-ray style image that reveals every curve in favor of a generic image, sort of like the chalk outline of a body at a crime scene.

Here's how the new system works: After passing through the scanner, travelers will see a computer screen. If it displays a large green OK, they're a-OK. If there's something in their pockets, or hidden on their body, the generic outline appears, with a box marking the location of the object—the traveler would then get patted down, explains the AP.

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