The Transportation Security Administration plans a software upgrade for its full-body scanner machines at 40 airports including Raleigh-Durham International, to get rid of the explicit video images that have drawn complaints about personal privacy.
The millimeter wave imaging machines now used at RDU and many airports produce a silvery image of the traveler's skin -- with detailed, intimate body outlines. TSA says the image is viewed only by a security officer isolated in a nearby room, but many travelers have objected. Some say they'd rather undergo intimate body pat-downs than submit to the body scanners.
[7/21/11 update: ACLU welcomes the change. See today's story.]
The new software will display a generic, cookie-cutter outline of a human body, marked to show the location of anything that warrants a closer look ... [ MORE]