TSA Removing Image Taking Scanners, Replacing With Others

Posted by on January 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Don't scan me bro.

Don’t scan me bro.

We’ve talked about it before in articles and podcasts, the full body scanners that take naked pictures of people, are being removed. There has been a lot of backlash with these scanners, mainly for privacy concerns but also their effectiveness and safety. Currently there are 174 machines in US airports and all of them will be removed.

Don’t think the security theater is done with these full body scanners though. The TSA will be implementing 60 different scanners that don’t take pictures manufactured by L-3 Communications. This was the reason the current Rapiscan scanners are being removed. Both companies were given a chance to come up with invasive free software and L-3 Communications was able to deliver.

This is certainly a win for privacy advocates at airports but the Rapiscan scanners aren’t being destroyed, instead they are being deployed in other government agencies so be ready for everyone not wanting to visit the DMV because of these things. I don’t know where these are going, I was just making a joke.

[via Bloomberg]

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