recommended reading

Airport Scanners No Longer Show Graphic Body Images, TSA Says

A TSA employee demonstrates an Advanced Imaging Technology scanner at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport in 2011.

A TSA employee demonstrates an Advanced Imaging Technology scanner at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport in 2011. // Erik S. Lesser/AP file photo

Days ahead of a May 31 deadline to remove graphic images from body scan machines at airports, Transportation Security Administration officials told lawmakers the machines now show screeners only generic pictures of passengers' bodies, rather than their actual physiques. 

TSA officials had the option to ask for an extension to comply with a mandate that all so-called Advanced Imaging Technology systems carry the new technology. The original deadline was June 2012, but lawmakers granted TSA a reprieve last year.

"As of May 16, 2013, all AIT units deployed by TSA are equipped with [the body-masking] capability. Additionally, TSA's procurement of next generation AIT requires" the same body-obscuring capability, TSA Administrator John Pistole wrote in a letter to heads of the House Homeland Security Committee.

In some respects, the agency has yielded to pressure from passengers and privacy advocates to exercise more common sense screening techniques. In March, TSA officials let fliers formally air their gripes on the $2 billion body scanning program, a requirement for substantial federal programs that TSA had skirted for about four years. In December 2012, officials consented to an independent study by the National Academy of Sciences on cancer risks from body scan radiation. 

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.