Tuesday 20 March 2018

US airports finally remove "nude" body scanners

Machines have been replaced with a less invasive scanner

American airports have officially packed away their controversial "nude" body security scanners.

The Transportation Security Administration was given a June 1 deadline by US Congress to replace the full body scanners, which used X-rays to create what looks like a nude image passengers, with a less invasive measure.

Within the last two weeks, the estimated 250 machines in airports throughout the United States were being removed and replaced with different full-body scanners, using different technology.

The new machines will rely on millimeter wave scanners, which have been upgraded to  show a generic figure highlight items concealed on passengers' bodies, rather than what some said, what was a distinctive image of a nude body and an invasion of privacy.

The technology was originally mandated to be removed by June 2012 under the Federal Aviation Administration's Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, but the deadline was extended to May 31, 2013.

A TSA spokesman said the scanners are programmed not to retain digital images.

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