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'Invasive' body scanners being removed from airports

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The Transportation Security Administration will remove controversial body scanners from airport security after OSI Systems Inc. didn’t update its machines’ software to make scanned images of airline passengers less revealing.


“It became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline,” Karen Shelton Waters the agency’s assistant administrator for acquisitions told Bloomberg News. “As a result of that, we terminated the contract for the convenience of the government.”

Privacy advocates have said that the images are offensive, particularly when children and the elderly are scanned.

“TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software,” Jeff Plungis reports for Bloomberg, “after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images.”

Last year, 76 Rapiscan scanners were removed from the busiest U.S. airports. As Pro Publica reported, the TSA’s main concern was that the scanners slowed down security checkpoints. The remaining 174 machines will be taken out of airports gradually.

Body scanners from another manufacturer, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., which met the TSA’s requirements, are now expected to be used in more airports.

L-3 scanning machines use millimeter-wave technology — radio frequencies that find metallic and non-metallic items — while Rapiscan uses “backscatter” technology that relies on X-ray radiation.

Scanners that used X-rays spread to more airports after Christmas Day of 2009, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight with explosives in his underwear.

But in July of 2010, the Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the TSA, saying that the scanners violated privacy laws and that the imagery was equivalent to a “physically invasive strip search.”

A sign informs travelers about Millimeter Wave Detection technology used in full body scanners at Midway Airport in Chicago. The scanners produce less-revealing images than those that use X-rays.

As Pro Publica reports, X-ray scanners worth about $14 million are now sitting in a warehouse in Texas.

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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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mamalusbear
by Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM


That's true.  I was prepared to fight if they tried to make me go through one of those things.  I wasn't going to put myself, my baby and my unborn child at risk.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Glad that never happened to you.  It was an insidious invasion of privacy.  And I'm not too sure it wouldn't hurt your baby.  The hell with that.  Naturally, they say it will not, but who really believes that?


Quoting mamalusbear:

Well, that's good news.  I'm always so scared that I'll be asked to go through those things with my baby...and I'm preggo too!





MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Absolutely not!   They should have never gotton away with installing them in the first place.  

Quoting mamalusbear:


That's true.  I was prepared to fight if they tried to make me go through one of those things.  I wasn't going to put myself, my baby and my unborn child at risk.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Glad that never happened to you.  It was an insidious invasion of privacy.  And I'm not too sure it wouldn't hurt your baby.  The hell with that.  Naturally, they say it will not, but who really believes that?


Quoting mamalusbear:

Well, that's good news.  I'm always so scared that I'll be asked to go through those things with my baby...and I'm preggo too!







sthflachk
by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM
You read the part where it is only one type being removed right? They are going to replace them with another type.
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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Eh. The last 8 times I've flown I got pulled out of line. I've recieved the 'lock the door to the glass room full pat-down'. I've only had the scanner once. Everything was done appropriately.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

 Good deal!

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