The TSA body scans are gone, as the Transportation Security Administration finally removed the last of the controversial full-body scanners that both experts and the public alike had decried for years because of their overly revealing images, CNN reported May 30.
The TSA body scans with backscatter technology were to be removed by June 1, and that has been done, the security agency said. Some 250 body scanners were removed from airports around the country as part of the effort.
The TSA body scans had been the brunt of numerous jokes and critics since they were first implemented at airport security stations. The highly detailed body scans showed realistic images of passengers, raising both privacy concerns and health concerns over the radiation exposure.
If you dislike TSA body scans, don’t get too excited about the removal of the scanners, though. Airport travelers still must go through a different type of TSA body scan. These other full-body scans use a different type of technology involving radio waves and produce less detailed images of the body. These kinds of body scans have fewer privacy and health concerns, critics say.
Despite assurances from the Transportation Security Administration that the backscatter technology also was safe and effective, Congress voted to require all body scanners to have privacy-protecting software. The TSA announced in February that it would phase out backscatter body scan systems because they could not meet the new standard.