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.

  • darrell

    there goes one of the few perks those minimum wage screeners get. no more fantasy porn to look at.

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  • mike

    I stopped flying years ago. I refuse to be scanned and join the fear mongers. There has NEVER been an attack in ANY U.S. airport . I refuse to play this sheepish ignorant game,period.

  • Ain't Traveling

    They doing anything about the X-Ray issue or do they want the public to develop cancer like the Boston TSA agents?

  • jd

    @darrell min wage? At dfw they start at almost 17 an hour.

    But i agree these machines are too intrusive and this technology is helpful and makes flying less harassing.

    • darrell

      really. that much. that explains a lot then.

  • Bill Fisher

    They will still pat down 3% if passengers whether they use the scanners or not. TSA gropes over 60,000 every day and that won’t change.

    They don’t mention that half of the scanners are the RapiScan x-ray systems that will still have the naked image as well as dosing the passenger with radiation, So, there may be an overlay of your naked image, which is still in the computer anyway, but one the return trip you may have to pass through the naked scanner with no privacy software at all and get an invasive pat down anyway.

    TSA is violating people’s rights on a daily basis and trying to convince the public that digitally strip searching and fondling children;s genitals is somehow acceptable. It is a sad commentary on the moral values of Americans that some are willing to accept this.

  • Intellectual Asset

    It amazes me that people still have to resort to using the word “grope” for a body pat down and call looking at a black and white blurry image, pornography. The body scanners at dfw are radio frequency and not backscatter xray. You get more radiation in flight or from a cell phone call. Before you make uniformed, inflammatory comments, why not do a little research and educate yourself on the details….It’s not that difficult.

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