TSA Will No Longer Electronically Undress You at Airports

Categories: Transportation

First public nudity is banned in San Francisco, and now the TSA says it's no longer going to peek under your clothing when you pass through national airports.

Plenty of travelers (except possibly local nudists) will be delighted to read the news that U.S. airports, SFO included, are finally dumping the controversial full-body scanners after the government ceased its contract with the scanning company in charge, Rapiscan.

SFist reports that San Francisco International Airport says it's already removed the scanners, while Oakland and San Jose International airports have agreed to dismantle the electronic peeping toms.

See also: Nudists Chicken Out on TSA Scan Protest

According to press reports, the contract was terminated after the company said it couldn't possibly create a less lewd body-scanning device that wasn't going to record revealing images of your private parts.

As travelers probably recall, the body scanners were introduced to American airports in 2010, after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried, but failed, to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight by igniting explosives in his underwear.

The L-3 scanning machines use a millimeter-wave technology, relying on radio frequencies that can detect whether you are armed with something other than a travel pillow. The technology was not only controversial because it was undressing passengers, electronically speaking, but there was concern about the low-dose X-ray radiation that was used to analyze what's under your fabric.

At the height of the body-scan paranoia, SF Weekly talked to radiology specialists who confirmed that passengers weren't going to get cancer from these intimidating machines. Airplane food -- now that's a different story.

In any event, there's one less thing you have to worry about when flying. Never thought we'd be writing those words.

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Theresa Pio
Theresa Pio

geesh, thank goodness, no more "one more time pls ms" I mean, what did they miss first time round!!

Kevin Tyler Muncy
Kevin Tyler Muncy

They should recycle those units for TSA employees to prevent item theft like your iPad, computer, cameras, etc... seems like TSA has a free pass for item theft and crime for the past twenty plus years. Ummmmm... that's a form of domestic terrorism! TSA is watching us, but who is watching the TSA?

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Can you imagine how boring that would be to have to look at those, one after another, after just a few hours?

Eugenia WhoDat Polos
Eugenia WhoDat Polos

sheesh, now i can;t get anyone to look at this tired old body..those young tsa guys were my last ditch effort...lol.

mrericsir topcommenter

@Kevin Tyler Muncy Are you here from the future?  TSA was formed in 2001.

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