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USA: TSA removes full-body scanners for increased privacy

28 January 2013

Airport body scanners that produce graphic images of travelers’ bodies will be removed from checkpoints by June, the Transportation Security Administration says, ending what critics called “‘virtual strip searches.'”

Passengers will continue to pass through machines that display a generic outline of the human body, raising fewer privacy concerns.

The TSA move came after Rapiscan, the manufacturer of the 174 so-called “‘backscatter'” machines, acknowledged it could not meet a congressional-ordered deadline to install privacy software on the machines.

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