TSA says it’s making airport screening more ‘private’

July 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: USA Today

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it has begun installing software to give passengers more privacy when they’re screened by some of the full-body scanning machines at airport checkpoints.

It also says that the software’s automatic detection capability eliminates the need for a TSA agent to look at a passenger’s image in a viewing room. The TSA says it expects all 241 millimeter-wave machines at 40 U.S. airports to be upgraded by the end of the year.

The move doesn’t appease some consumer and privacy advocates who say the machines are a waste of money and represent an unlawful, virtual strip search of passengers. They also are concerned that radiation from the X-ray devices could be harmful. [Full story]

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