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TSA Switches out Body Scanners in Major Airports

Baisha Kreuzer4 years ago

According to a report by ProPublica, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been systematically replacing airport X-ray body scanners with so-called “safer” alternatives.

New Machines are Safer and Uphold Privacy

  • The TSA is introducing new scanning machines to major airports in an attempt to increase overall safety for travelers.
  • The old X-ray scanners (called backscatters) received major criticism for their release of ionizing radiation which has been linked to cancer.
  • The machines also depict blurred pictures of passenger’s naked bodies which must be reviewed by a TSA officer.
  • The backscatters are now being replaced by new machines which rely on low-energy radio waves similar to those in cell phones and only project a generic cartoon image of the person’s body as to not invade their privacy.
  • Only major airports, none of which are located in Texas, are receiving these new machines. Less busy airports are still using X-ray machines.

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