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Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

Nashville, TN
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Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

See below article;

…msn.com/science-technology/…

Baltimore
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reviews: 60
1. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

Just the backscatter xray machines. Not the millimeter. Frankly I don't understand the fuss over the privacy. Even the backscatter image wasn't THAT graphic.

Detroit, MI
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for Detroit, Travel Gadgets and Gear
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2. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

A minor victory for the traveling public, but I don't believe this is about privacy as far as the TSA is concerned. They have not cared about privacy since these things were put in place seven or so years ago - why do they care all of a sudden in June 2013?

The back-scatter units have always been labor intensive since you need another person in a little booth to look at the image. That would be enough to scrap them for most organizations, but TSA has never seemed to worry about employing too many people. They have already been pulling these machines from major airports. There is also no guarantee that the person in the booth is actually looking at the image.

There has also been speculation that these machines emit more radiation than the TSA claims. Nobody knows for sure since they won't allow outside testing or allow TSOs to wear dosimeters. There were also claims of a cancer cluster among TSOs in Boston, which was apparently one of the first airports to have the back-scatter machines pulled. Perhaps there is more they are not saying, or they are just tired of the calls to allow more testing. No matter what, removing them removes a headache for TSA bureaucrats.

Italy
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for Livigno, Lombardy
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3. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

Not surprised there was a lot of support to scrap them.

Jacksonville...
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4. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

How much were they per machine? $180k USD? Probably a better idea to use that money and hire extra TSA employees.

Houston, Texas
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for Air Travel, Business Travel
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5. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

"...hire extra TSA employees"

They've already hired all the petty thieves they can find.

6. Re: Body scanners to be scrapped by the TSA

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