TSA to remove airport nude body scanners

body scannerAs far as Friday afternoon news dumps go, this one is substantial – AP reports that those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.

The Transportation Security Administration says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners (millimeter wave scanner), which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.

The TSA said it’s abandoning deployment of so-called backscatter technology machines produced by Rapiscan because the company could not meet deadlines to switch to generic imaging with Automated Target Recognition software, as mandated by Congress.

Rapiscan had a contract to produce 500 machines for the TSA at a cost of about $180,000 each.

The TSA had already pulled 76 of the machines and today’s announcement guarantees that another 174 will be mothballed, the agency’s assistant administrator for acquisitions told Bloomberg.

Tom Tillison


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