Feb 2, 2011
The US Transportation Security Administration began rolling out new airport scanner software Tuesday that produces less revealing images of travelers.
The new software “enhances privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images and instead auto-detects potential threat items and indicates their location on a generic outline of a person,” the TSA said.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was the first to test the new software, with Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson hub and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in the US capital due to have the new program installed in the coming days.
Advanced imaging technology X-ray scanners currently in use at airports around the United States sparked an uproar among travelers because they produce a graphic image of a person’s naked body, genitalia and all.