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TSA to remove controversial X-ray scanners

January 18, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Monday, March 10, 2010 file photo, volunteers pass through the first full body scanner, which uses backscatter technology, installed at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away. The Transportation Security Administration says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June 2013 because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.

The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.

The government rapidly stepped up its use of body scanners after a man snuck explosives onto a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas day in 2009.

At first, both types of scanners showed Login to read more

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