TSA Ditches 'Naked' Body Scanners
But you'll still have to go through scanners that create generic images
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 1:45 PM CST
A sign describes what TSA officers see on their computer screens as volunteers go through the first full body X-ray scanner installed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

(Newser) – The Transportation Security Administration is done looking at your junk. The agency has confirmed for the AP that it intends to get rid of its much-maligned X-ray body scanners, which have proven controversial because they produce essentially naked images of travelers. Congress responded to the outcry by passing a law requiring software that covered passengers up, but the company that makes the scanners, Rapiscan, wasn't able to make it work.

The scanners should all be gone by June. But that doesn't mean the days of putting your hands over your head at the airport are over; the TSA is keeping another variety of scanner, which show only a generic image of a passenger's body, highlighting areas that agents should check further.

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Mr_Joshua
Jan 19, 2013 3:52 AM CST
Pity the taxpayers probably won't see a dime of the hundreds of millions, perhaps more, that was spent on this crap, which will now probably be stored somewhere till it rots, or sold off for pennies. And you can call me.....................Mr Joshua
BillFisher
Jan 18, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Maybe TSA finally realized that they are in violation of federal child pornography laws when they send minors through the scanners. The EU realized this early on and banned the scanning of minors. TSA still scans adolescent children and occasionally those under 12. From 2008 to 2011, TSA insisted these didn't produce a naked image but later admitted that they did after the L3 system were equipped with ATR. Meanwhile, a group of TSA creeps in a back room are giggling and ogling your wife and kids. TSA is heavy on lies and light on facts when it comes to their mistreatment of travelers. Even when something positive comes out on this agency they insist on demonstrating their disdain for the public they serve by saying that they don’t care about our privacy concerns and would have continued to violate our privacy if Congress hadn’t made them. This agency and its employees are corrupt and sociopathic and the entire organization needs to be replaced Let the privacy lawsuits begin starting with OSI and TSA AdminisTraitor John Pistole.
JoeQ
Jan 18, 2013 3:53 PM CST
Interesting. Technically speaking, it's a pretty easy problem for Rapiscan to identify and mask the naughty bits. Something else went wrong. Chertoff took the cash and didn't care after that? TSA wanted out? They couldn't find any good techies to work for the Dark Side Of The Force?