TSA getting rid of naked image full body scanners

TSA getting rid of naked image full body scanners

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ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 30: Images produced by a "millimeter wave" scanner are displayed during a demonstration at the Transportation Security Administration's Systems Integration Facility at Ronald Reagan National Airport December 30, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. "Millimeter wave" passes electromagnetic waves over the body to create three-dimensional images that look like a photo negative. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration confirms that it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travelers.

Right now the TSA uses two types of scanners. One makes a generic image showing where agents should look for an object on the traveler's body. Those scanners are staying.

The other kind of scanner uses X-rays. They raised privacy concerns because they show metal objects on the traveler's body — along with every other detail, too. Congress has mandated that those scanners be changed or removed by June.

TSA says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June. It says the company that makes them, Rapiscan, was not able to come up with a software fix to make the scanners comply with the Congressional mandate.

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