Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New US software to end 'naked' airport scans

Lobbying material protesting against full body scans
© AFP/File Mandel Ngan
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In the face of an outcry over so-called "naked" body scans at airports, US authorities on Wednesday announced plans for a new scanning system that eliminates "passenger-specific images."

Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole said the agency would begin installing new software on its scanners "designed to enhance privacy."

The new software "will auto-detect items that could pose a potential threat using a generic outline of a person for all passengers," the agency said.

"By eliminating the image of an actual passenger and replacing it with a generic outline of a person, passengers are able to view the same outline that the TSA officer sees," a TSA statement said.


"Further, a separate TSA officer will no longer be required to view the image in a remotely located viewing room."

The news comes after protests and lawsuits over the use of so-called "naked" scanners that take full-body X-ray images that show passengers' genitals. In cases where people refuse such scans, TSA agents manually pat down passengers.

The TSA says the scanners protect fliers following the foiled 2009 Christmas Day plot to down a US jet by a Nigerian traveler who concealed explosives in his underwear.

Critics say the devices and the pat downs are invasive and demeaning.

US President Barack Obama last year said the understood "frustrations" over the measures and had asked the TSA to "constantly refine and measure whether what we're doing is the only way to assure the American people's safety."

© AFP -- Published at Activist Post with license


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6 comments:

Michael Rivero said...

It isn't the privacy; it's the CANCER!

Anonymous said...

That's right, worry about the stupid naked images instead of the radiation and "enhanced" patdown groping. It's par for the course with these idiots. Just like the "war on drugs": put people in jail for smoking a plant. Good idea, morons.

Anonymous said...

IF thats what is going to happen then:
GO BACK TO USING WANDS!

Anonymous said...

Just one more extremely moronic and lame excuse to keep mind controlling persons choosing flight as a travel mode. I personally question the character and integrity of this criminal.

Wimpie said...

Unfortunately for us, 1/2 of the scanners are the backscatter type and as well as giving people cancer, they make images like this:
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8868/backscatter2bman2bimage.jpg
There is no privacy software for these.
KEEP AWAY FROM THE BIG BLUE CANCER BOXES!

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with using dogs? Less invasive, less expensive, way more reliable.
The problem with dogs is that there's no big fat corporate contract to go along with dogs as there is for the body scanners. It's not about safety it's all about the sale of the scanners.

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