TSA to drop X-ray airport scanners in U.S. by June because of privacy concerns; other scanners staying
In this Nov. 19, 2010 file photo, a passenger walks past a sign informing travelers about the use of full-body scanners for TSA security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP / Ted S. Warren)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 18, 2013 11:39AM CST
Last Updated Friday, January 18, 2013 1:04PM CST
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration confirms that it is getting rid of airport body scanners that produce a naked image of travellers.
Right now the TSA uses two types of scanners. One makes a generic image showing where agents should look for an object on the traveller'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 traveller'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.