The Transportation Security Administration is pulling the plug on its nude body scanner program, a decision announced Friday that closes the door to a tumultuous privacy battle with the public scoring a rare victory. Travelers will continue to go through one of two types of scanners already deployed, but images of naked bodies will no longer be produced. Instead, software will instead show a generic outline of a person. First tested in , the advanced imaging technology scanners became the object of intense media and public scrutiny around Thanksgiving in
TSA Pulls Plug on Airport Nude Body Scanners
TSA Pulls Plug on Airport Nude Body Scanners | WIRED
A full-body scanner is a device that detects objects on or inside a person's body for security screening purposes, without physically removing clothes or making physical contact. Depending on the technology used, the operator may see an alternate-wavelength image of the person's naked body, merely a cartoon-like representation of the person with an indicator showing where any suspicious items were detected or full X-ray image of the person. For privacy and security reasons, the display is generally not visible to other passengers, and in some cases is located in a separate room where the operator cannot see the face of the person being screened. Unlike metal detectors , full-body scanners can detect non-metal objects, which became an increasing concern after various airliner bombing attempts in the s. Transmission X-ray body scanners can also detect swallowed items or hidden in body cavities of a person. Starting in , full-body scanners started supplementing metal detectors at airports and train stations in many countries.
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Rapiscan was unable to translate the backscatter image above into the 'Automated Target Recognition' As threatened back in , the Transportation Security Agency is pulling the plug on "naked body scanners" in airports, ending its contract with backscatter scanner maker Rapiscan because the company was unable to come up with privacy-protective technology to shield travelers' private-ish parts from view. Via the L. Times :. The Rapiscan scanner uses low-level X-rays to create what looks like a naked image of screened passengers to target weapons hidden under the clothes.
The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it's dropping the full-body scanning machines that produced almost nude images of people at checkpoints and outraged many travelers. The reason: The maker of the machines, Rapiscan Systems, cannot produce software to eliminate the almost nude images that TSA personnel view and turn them into stick-like figures. The machines also were controversial because they use X-rays to scan passengers, prompting concerns about radiation. The move doesn't mean that passengers won't have to go through full-body scans at airports.