TSA Dumps Near-Naked Rapiscan Body Scanners

Source: Bart Jansen / USA Today

The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it’s dropping the full-body scanning machines that produced almost nude images of people at checkpoints and outraged many travelers.

The reason: The maker of the machines, Rapiscan Systems, cannot produce software to eliminate the almost nude images that TSA personnel view and turn them into stick-like figures.

The machines also were controversial because they use X-rays to scan passengers, prompting concerns about radiation.

The move doesn’t mean that passengers won’t have to go through full-body scans at airports. The TSA is keeping other machines that use a different technology and software, and which provide stick-like body images that personnel examine for potential weapons.

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