Airports to Remove Invasive X-Ray Scanners

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    http://www.cnbc.com/id/49517858

    Major Airports to Remove Invasive X-ray, Body Scanners
    Published: Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:28 PM ET Text Size
    By: Darren Booth
    Special to CNBC.com


    CNBC composite
    X-ray machines, shown at left, are being swapped out for less invasive "Gumby" scanners at major airports across the country.


    TSA introduced the so-called Backscatter scanners, sometimes referred to as the "naked" X-ray machines, at U.S. airports in 2009. Many travelers were not happy that naked images of themselves were displayed to TSA officers in a nearby room. In addition to privacy concerns, travelers were concerned about radiation exposure. (Read more: The Skinny on Full-Body Scanners)


    The replacement scanning machines offer less invasive, cartoon-like images of passengers. And you can even turn around after passing through the machine to see the same image TSA officer review. (Read more: Less Invasive, 'Gumby' Body Scanners to Debut at Boston Airport)




    The full-body, X-ray scanners will be removed from New York's Kennedy, LaGuardia and other major airports, the Associated Press reported. TSA said the decision was made to speed up security at busy airports.


    TSA spokesperson Sterling Payne said in an email to CNBC.com that, "As part of an effort to maximize the efficiency and deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), TSA is strategically moving smaller, faster AIT units to busier airports and moving the larger units to airports with less passenger volume."


    "This move will add additional units outfitted with automated target recognition (ATR) software, which enhances privacy even more by providing a generic body outline, and eliminates the need for a separate officer in another to room to participate in screening," Payne says.


    The less invasive "Gumby" scanners with the ATR software will be in use at the following airports, the TSA confirms to CNBC.com:


    Boston Logan International Airport
    Chicago O'Hare International Airport
    Los Angeles International Airport
    New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport
    New York's LaGuardia Airport
    Orlando International Airport
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport
    Based on frequent flier reports on Flyertalk.com, the more invasive X-ray machines are still in use at some of the busiest U.S. airports, including:


    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


    (CORRECTION: The X-ray machines are not in use at Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Las Vegas and San Francisco airports. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated they did.)
     
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