No More Naked Body Scanners

Good news — the TSA’s naked body scans are now a thing of the past.

The Transportation Security Administration announced it has finished removing from all airports the X-ray technology that produced graphic and controversial images of passengers passing through security screening checkpoints.

In a letter released Thursday, TSA administrator John Pistole told the House Homeland Security committee that as of May 16, all US airports scanners equipped with the ability to produce the penetrating images will now only show a generic outline of a passenger to the operator. A colored box pops up if the full-body scanner detects a potentially forbidden item.

This may not make up for the multitude of other annoyances involved in air travel in this country, but it’s a start.

Relics of Bush-era color-coded terrorism warnings and hyperventilating live on.

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  • Michael Mathews

    I still don’t go through the millimeter-wave scanners, because I still don’t know what the long-term health effects might be. However, I applaud the removal of the x-ray based machines.