The TSA has replaced all X-ray imaging displayed to operators of the controversial backscatter machines at airports with the “Gumby” stick figure version common on the millimeter wave machines, NBC News reported.
According to the report:
In a letter released Thursday, TSA administrator John Pistole told the House Homeland Security committee that as of May 16, all US airports scanners equipped with the ability to produce the penetrating images will now only show a generic outline of a passenger to the operator.
So that begs the question… are you still opting out?
I’m definitely in the minority among most travel bloggers, as I never opted out in the first place when the scanners originally came online.
Why? Personally, the physical pat down where a TSO brings the back of his hand up my inner thigh until he “meets resistance,” is far more invasive to me than a naked outline image of myself on someone’s screen, even if the image could have been saved in one way or another.
Will the TSA’s action in swapping out the images at airports where the backscatter machines are still in use change your mind about opting out?
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