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But what are these machines, and will they invade your privacy? These are large machines that will go alongside the metal-detectors and baggage x-ray machines at the security point on your way into the departure lounge, and they do pretty much what you think they do: They scan your entire person for concealed weapons, bomb-making material, and, as a bonus, for stuff like baggies of marjihuana stuffed into trousers. Full-body scanners use different systems, but there are two main competing technologies: Backscatter x-ray and millimeter-wave.
Airline passengers were offended by the revealing images, including those of children and the elderly. Under pressure from privacy advocates and some members of Congress, the TSA moved its screens to separate rooms away from airport security checkpoints. Officials monitoring the scanner images alert agents if they see a possible risk. The TSA accelerated its use of advanced scanners in following the failed Dec.
A full-body scanner that the Transportation Security Administration hopes can speed up airport security checkpoints must go back to the drawing board for software to protect the privacy of travelers being scanned. The scanner, built by British firm Thruvision, was promoted as being able to simultaneously screen multiple airport passengers from a distance of up to 25 feet away. The March 26 document was posted on a public website, but many details were redacted, including the name of the manufacturer and the cost of adding the privacy filter.
In front of me, a pair of fabulous silver-haired ladies was discussing the various indignities of airport security. The first was of the opinion that no one should see her nude. A company called Rapiscan manufactured the machines, commonly referred to as backscatter scanners.
But security agency tells CNET that it has "received minimal complaints" in response to widespread installation of full-body scanning machines at U. Two months ago, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the federal stimulus legislation would pay for the purchase of hundreds of controversial full-body scanners. The number of scanners has roughly doubled since Napolitano's announcement and they are now found in 68 U.
By now you've heard about Gizmodo's sensational acquisition of full-body scans held likely illegallyalong with 34, others, by U. Marshals in Florida. These are the same sorts of images the TSA is now taking of travelers at dozens of U. I got my first taste of the process earlier this year at Richmond International.
Marshals Service acknowledges it surreptitiously recorded tens of thousands of images with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint in a Florida courthouse. For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.
New airport security scanners could become a popular alternative to body searches, but have also prompted some privacy concerns. Whole-body imaging technologies can see through clothing to reveal metallic and non-metallic objects, including weapons or plastic explosives. They also reveal a person's silhouette and the outlines of underwear. That hasn't stopped security officials from implementing them.