TSA tests new images system for airport security

Kansas City StarFebruary 8, 2011 

Shaped like a pear? An hourglass? A brick?

Soon you might be able to walk through airport body scanners confident that uniformed screeners monitoring the machines won’t see your particular figure.

The Transportation Security Administration has developed software for scanners that could better protect your privacy at the security checkpoint.

The new software, being tested at three airports, creates a generic image in place of the fuzzy outline of each person that the scanners now produce.

The image will be identical for everyone, reducing the embarrassment that passengers might feel about a machine exposing every lump and bump under their clothes.

“The TSA is feeling pressure on the privacy issue,” said Amy Stepanovich, national security fellow for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

The new technology has been installed in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Lab work is under way on software for the type of scanner used in Kansas City, which employs a different technology.

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