New Body Scanner Software Introduced by Transportation Security Administration

In response to the public outcry and ridicule regarding the revealing images of passengers produced by airport security checkpoint scanners which use millimeter wave and backscatter imaging technology, the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, responded as the TSA debuts new full-body scanner software, gradually releasing its newest version of airport checkpoint security scanner software to existing hardware at airports around the United States, starting with Las Vegas.

Instead of having a revealing image of you be examined in a private security booth by an unknown Transportation Security Administration agent, the latest airport checkpoint security scanner software will instead show a silhouette on a small screen attached to the scanning booth where one cannot tell whether the person is male or female, theoretically protecting one’s privacy.

Still, skepticism abounds, with some FlyerTalk members still pledging to “opt out” rather than trust the Transportation Security Administration and the latest airport checkpoint security scanner software — if they decide to travel again, as a few FlyerTalk members apparently vowed not to do…

3 thoughts on “New Body Scanner Software Introduced by Transportation Security Administration”

  1. GA says:

    This “enhancement” doesn’t address the health concerns and lack of monitoring/oversight/regulation related to these machines.

    It’s yet another show by TSA and who knows, could’ve even have been the plan from the get-go to make the scanner such a big deal that this small concession would seem as an acceptable compromise. When it comes to TSA – Trust Nothing!!

    On those few occasions I still travel and must fly, I will be opting out.

  2. Mike says:

    Interesting at Logan airport this morning. Every flyer was sent through the backscatter scanners in Terminal E for SouthWest flights. Never seen that happen before. It was relatively quiet, so maybe the TSA were bored or there was some specific threat…

  3. Mike says:

    For me it’s not about the image itself – it’s about the radiation exposure from being scanned by these machines scores of times a year – most especially the Backscatter technology.

    I will continue to opt out.

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