Airport Body Scanner Relief

By Norman Chan

Naked body scans being phased out.

Here's some good news for travelers: the Transportation Security Administration is ending its contract with Rapiscan, the makers of the controversial airport body scanner that generates nude images of passengers with its backscatter screener technology (which uses X-rays). The TSA's reasoning pulling the scanners is that Rapiscan failed to provide software updates to protect passenger privacy. All 174 Rapiscan machines currently in operation at US airports will be removed at Rapiscan's cost, and will be replaced with radio/millimeter wave scanners manufactured by L-3 Communications. Those machines generate generic outlines of passengers instead of nude images.