Jan 242011
 
 January 24, 2011  Surveillance

Ken Kaye of the Sun Sentinel reports on an interview he had with John Pistole of the TSA.

Interestingly, in a matter of days or hours, Pistole seems to have gone from saying that TSA will investigate other scanners and might introduce an alternative to the current “nudatrons” to more of a commitment that they will introduce less invasive scanners:

While detecting explosives at U.S. airports remains top priority, the TSA is also ready to ease passenger privacy concerns from body imaging scanners at checkpoints, said Pistole, 54, who spent 26 years with the FBI.

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He said the TSA plans to introduce a new version of its controversial body imaging scanners. Instead of generating a fuzzy view of a passenger’s entire body, the new ones will create a generic image that highlights any suspicious items with a rectangle.

Then, both the passenger and transportation officers will be able to view that image at the same time, he said. The new machines might be used experimentally as early as this year, he added.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

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