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TSA Agents No Longer Get To See You Naked

The Transportation Security Administration announced that over the next few months, full-body scanners at airports nationwide will be upgraded with new software that eliminates "passenger-specific images" (read: X-rays of your junk). 

With this technology, to be installed on scanners with 
millimeter wave imaging technology (TSA will test similar software updates for backscatter machines in the fall), a simple "OK" will appear on the screen if travelers walk through the scanner and no suspicious items are detected. If something looks sketchy, TSA agents will see a generic body outline, along with a yellow mark indicating where the suspicious item is located. They will then perform additional screening. 

What TSA agents currently see:  

TSA Agents No Longer Get To See You Naked

What they'll see with the new software: 

TSA Agents No Longer Get To See You Naked

The technology addresses privacy concerns, though skeptics say it does not eliminate them. TSA agents may still investigate with those with "anomalies"--adult diapersprosthetic breastsleg braces. (We could Google this stuff for days.) And some predict that the software could even lead to more groping pat-downs since agents now don't get to see the specific suspicious items on screen. Also, the move does not address the potential health risks of X-ray scanners.  


Ah, the traveler's headache continues. 

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