The TSA Is Reworking Its New Body Scanners
A new full-body airport security scanner being tested by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is being revamped.
According to Quartz, a new TSA full-body scanner was sent back from a testing facility to its manufacturer. The technology is being updated “out of an abundance of caution with regard to the graphical interface,” according to the TSA.
The machine was in its “demonstration planning phase” when the TSA’s Chief Counsel noted that the machine had “privacy risks,” according to documents obtained by Quartz. The machine, which was never used at any airport security checkpoints, has gone back to the manufacturer who is working on “enhanced privacy software” to fix the issue and keep the TSA in compliance with federal regulations.
The scanners are a part of the TSA’s push to create “Better screening, Faster,” which the administration refers to as FLEx (for Future Line Experience).
In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke out against the TSA using full-body scanners, calling the technology an invasion of privacy.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with information from the TSA.