TSA to remove controversial X-ray scanners

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  1. foxberg

    foxberg Gold Member

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    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- 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.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/18/3189019/tsa-to-remove-controversial-x.html#storylink=cpy
     
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  2. LETTERBOY
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    Doesn't this belong in the security forum?
     
  3. foxberg

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    If it does then the Mods should move it there.

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    And so they did.
     
  4. BStrauss3

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    The article is factually inaccurate. Only the Rapidscan machines are being replaced (because they cannot be upgraded to the allegedly non-naked images by the June 2013 deadline). Not all x-ray machines.
     

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