A full-body scanner is a device that detects objects on or inside a person's body for security screening purposes, without physically removing clothes or making physical contact. Depending on the technology used, the operator may see an alternate-wavelength image of the person's naked body, merely a cartoon-like representation of the person with an indicator showing where any suspicious items were detected or full X-ray image of the person. For privacy and security reasons, the display is generally not visible to other passengers, and in some cases is located in a separate room where the operator cannot see the face of the person being screened. Unlike metal detectors , full-body scanners can detect non-metal objects, which became an increasing concern after various airliner bombing attempts in the s. Transmission X-ray body scanners can also detect swallowed items or hidden in body cavities of a person.
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July 21, -- The days of full-body scanners producing revealing images of travelers are numbered, the Transportation Security Administration announced in a statement on Wednesday. Through a software update, the TSA is phasing out "passenger-specific images," in favor of a generic body outline. Potential threats will be identified on the generic body outline, and if a possible threat is found passengers will go through an additional screening. Currently, the agency uses about full-body scanners in 78 airports.
The Transportation Security Administration is pulling the plug on its nude body scanner program, a decision announced Friday that closes the door to a tumultuous privacy battle with the public scoring a rare victory. Travelers will continue to go through one of two types of scanners already deployed, but images of naked bodies will no longer be produced. Instead, software will instead show a generic outline of a person. First tested in , the advanced imaging technology scanners became the object of intense media and public scrutiny around Thanksgiving in In addition to privacy concerns , some experts maintained the scanners' safety was unproven , and that the technology was ineffective in detecting smuggled weapons and explosives.
The Transportation Security Administration says its techies have failed to create software that would allow passengers to appears less naked when going through scanners, so it is removing the devices. You do realize that those nice people in Transportation Security Administration uniforms have been examining your naked body, don't you? You do realize that scanning machines arrived so swiftly in U. No, not that sort of cover-up.