Body scanners to be removed from nation’s airports (at least the nude-imaging ones)

The TSA is dropping the use of it’s naked-imaging body scanners after the manufacturer said it couldn’t mask passengers’ naughty bits.

From Bloomberg:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.

TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews.

Wired notes that these were the scanners that exposed passengers to a small dose of X-rays:

The move away from Rapiscan machines is more than a boost to privacy.

Unlike the competing millimeter-wave technology produced by L-3 Communications that employ radio waves to to detect metallic and non-metallic substances, the Rapiscan machines expose travelers to a small X-ray dose. The TSA and Rapiscan maintained the machines are safe, despite some academics telling the White House (.pdf) that the government did not adequately study the backscatter X-ray devices.

We’ve written about this issue a lot. Here are a few of the images these scanners can take:

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Here are a few of the more interesting stories:

German TV highlights failings of body scanners.

Man confronted over his suspiciously large “package”.

Why is the porno scanner picking up people in line who aren’t even IN THE SCANNER?

The day the TSA grabbed Penn’s (of Penn & Teller) crotch.

Porno-scanner agents accused of picking out hot women for multiple scans.

TSA fires baggage handler for joking about vibrator in woman’s luggage.

Michele Bachmann: Nude pics of me could show up on Internet.

TSA humiliates cancer survivor.

TSA confiscates cupcake.

TSA bans cream cheese, unless it’s on a bagel. (But what if it’s on a cupcake?)

Taiwanese animators cover the body scanner imbroglio.

Video shows worthlessness of porno-scanners:

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