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 I raised a ruckus when these were installed in airports and now they are being removed! Not due to my ruckus, mind you, but the ruckus of the people. Ba-bye backscatter body scanners.

WASHINGTON, DC — Airport body scanners that produce graphic images of travelers’ bodies will be removed from checkpoints by June, the Transportation Security Administration says, ending what critics called “virtual strip searches.”

Passengers will continue to pass through machines that display a generic outline of the human body, raising fewer privacy concerns.

The TSA move came after Rapiscan, the manufacturer of the 174 so-called “backscatter” machines, acknowledged it could not meet a congressional-ordered deadline to install privacy software on the machines.

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Jan. 20th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad these are gone. I always wondered about what the actual scan was doing to my body.

I think I went through them three times when traveling back and forth to Phoenix (maybe 4). It always creeped me out. Personally, I didn't mind the imaging...I minded what exactly they had to expose a body to, to GET that image. O_o.

Sky Harbor never had them. That always surprised me since it is such an important airport there.
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