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TSA Ditches 'Naked' Body Scanners

But you'll still have to go through scanners that create generic images
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2013 1:45 PM CST

(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.

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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. (Read more TSA stories.)

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