TSA To Cease Use Of Naked-Image Scanners In Airports

The machines are being removed, but the disturbing grayscale images of travelers’ bloated bodies will continue to haunt our nightmares. Via Boomberg:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.

TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit. The agency removed 76 of the machines from busier U.S. airports last year. It will now get rid of the remaining 174 Rapiscan machines, with the company absorbing the cost.

Airline passengers were offended by the revealing images, including those of children and the elderly. The Washington- based Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the agency in July 2010, claiming the scanners violated privacy laws and has called use of the machines equivalent to a “physically invasive strip search.”

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4 Responses to TSA To Cease Use Of Naked-Image Scanners In Airports

  1. Thad McKraken January 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I can sneak pot on the airplane in my underwear again. Yay!

    • BuzzCoastin January 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      as long as they don’t go for the prurient grope
      they’re not looking for pot
      but they my find pot hidden within what they’re groping for

  2. BuzzCoastin January 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    wow, I’m shocked
    Big Homelander just blinked

  3. VaudeVillain January 19, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Well, good thing they didn’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars, or this would have been massively wasteful!

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