No More Body Image Details With TSA Screenings
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Security screeners at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will no longer see full body image outlines when passengers go through scanning machines.
Friday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new body scan software that only shows a generic outline of a person.
Some passengers complained body scanners put in place last fall, that showed images of naked bodies, were invasive since they could only be viewed by a TSA agent in an unseen area.
Dallas TSA chief Michael Donnelly said, “The new software eliminates the need for an image operator in a remotely located viewing room.”
The new body scan technology shows a generic outline of a person if it spots a problem and doesn’t show anything if a passenger has nothing on them.
“With the installation of the new software we are able to strengthen our privacy protections for passengers, without compromising the safety and security of the traveling public,” said Donnelly.
According to TSA officials, the Advanced Imaging Technology, or AIT, can catch all objects someone may be trying to take on a plane illegally. During an airport demonstration Donnelly said, “The machine’s designed to detect metallic, non-metallic threats, as well as explosives.”
All 14 full body scanners at DFW Airport have been upgraded with the new software. The TSA plans to upgrade scanners nationwide over the next few months.