No more naked images at security screening

Courtesy AFP

Courtesy AFP

GOOD news for air travelers concerned about a breach of their privacy at US airports that employ security scanners that show their naked images. The US aviation security agency –US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – has ordered scanner maker Rapiscan to meet a June deadline to replace the “naked” function with one that shows hidden objects on an avatar instead. The new scanners will use radio waves to detect suspicious objects hidden underneath clothes.

Apart from privacy concerns, there are also concerns that the current Rapiscan scanners – 174 of them at various US airports – that use low-level X-rays to generate naked images may be exposing travellers subject to the process to unsafe levels of radiation.

Now that’s the not-so-good news for travellers who have been subject to the screening and makes one wonder if the health risk should not have been ascertained before the scanners were introduced

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About David Leo
David Leo has more than 30 years of aviation experience, having served in senior management in one of the world's best airlines and airports. He continues to maintain a keen interest in the business, writes freelance and provides consultancy services in the field.

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