Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Change in Body Scanners at Airports

Remember all those complaints about the body scanners being too graphic. Well, if you were one of those complaining, you were right. Congress passed a law -- effective June 1 -- that requires all full-body scanners used in US airports to produce only a generic outline instead of an image of a naked body.

There are two manufacturers of body scanners and one of them will not be able to meet the June 1 deadline. To compensate, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been removing 250 backscatter x-ray scanner from 30 airports and replacing them with millimeter wave scanners.

The TSA currently has 660 millimeter wave scanners and some of them are being transferred from smaller airports to larger ones. Some of the smaller airports will end up going back to using simple metal detectors.

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