US airport body scanners to nix naked image

By REUTERS
July 20, 2011 23:20

 
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WASHINGTON - New software for screening travelers at US airports will do away with naked images, addressing a major public concern, the US Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday.

After complaints from travelers the TSA earlier this year began testing at four airports software for the full-body scanners that instead uses a generic body outline and highlights the area where any anomaly is detected, eliminating the actual image of the passenger.

TSA has increasingly relied on the full-body scanners after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a transatlantic flight in December 2009. The bomb failed to fully explode but set off a rush to upgrade security to detect explosives underneath clothing.

Software upgrades to the 241-mm wave body-scanning machines made by L-3 Communications, will be deployed over the next several months in the 40 airports where they are used, the TSA said.

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