Naked bodies nixed from TSA?scanning

TSA plans to unroll nudity-free scanning software.

New software for screening travelers at U.S. airports will do away with naked images, addressing a major public concern, the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday.

After complaints from travelers, the TSA earlier this year began testing at four airports software for the full-body scanners that instead uses a generic body outline and highlights the area where any anomaly is detected, eliminating actual images of passengers.

TSA has increasingly relied on the full-body scanners after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a transatlantic flight in December 2009. The bomb failed to fully explode but set off a rush to upgrade security to detect explosives underneath clothing.

Later this year, TSA plans to roll out a pilot program that will allow some frequent fliers at four hub U.S. airports to go through expedited screening, an attempt to shift more toward assessing the risk of the individual flier rather than a one-size fits all security model.



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