Entries in Body Scanners (2)


Senate Votes to Make Misuse of TSA Body Scans a Federal Crime

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last year’s uproar over leaked airport body scan images, the Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to make it a federal crime to misuse the images.

The amendment to the $35 billion FAA reauthorization bill would ban the distribution of body scan images taken in airports or other federal buildings. Under the proposal, anyone who records or distributes the images would face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

“This law sends a loud and clear message to the flying public, not only will we do everything we can to protect your safety, we will also do everything we can to protect your privacy,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a paper statement. “As we put in place new technologies to detect and capture those who wish to do us harm, we need to do everything we can to protect the privacy rights of the air travelers.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday night that he hopes to bring the complete FAA bill to a full Senate vote later this week.

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TSA Unveils New Body Scanner; Seeks to Increase Privacy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The Transportation Security Administration is unveiling a new, more modest full-body scanner Tuesday at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The current scanners show the detailed contours of the participant's body on a screen and are viewed only by a second screener in a private room, where they would report back to the checkpoint if they see anything suspicious.

The new software will show a generic, chalk-like outline of a body that will be identical for all passengers. If there is a threat, a red box will appear on the outline at the location of the object. If there is no threat, an "OK" will appear on the screen without an outline.

It will also allow the passengers to see what the TSA agents see when they step through the scanner. With the new generic body outlines, there is no need for a second screening of the images in another room.

The new system is being tested to determine if it can provide the same level of security as the previous, more controversial model.

The new software will be tested at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in the next few days. Complete testing will take 45 to 60 days.

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