New US software to end ‘naked’ airport scans


AFP
July 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – In the face of an outcry over so-called “naked” body scans at airports, US authorities on Wednesday announced plans for a new scanning system that eliminates “passenger-specific images.”

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Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole said the agency would begin installing new software on its scanners “designed to enhance privacy.”

The new software “will auto-detect items that could pose a potential threat using a generic outline of a person for all passengers,” the agency said.

“By eliminating the image of an actual passenger and replacing it with a generic outline of a person, passengers are able to view the same outline that the TSA officer sees,” a TSA statement said.

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