TSA to deploy 150 new body scanner machines

Summary:The TSA has published a dedicated section on its website offering complete details on how the scanner technology works.

The TSA has published a dedicated section on its website offering complete details on how the technology works, how it will be used and the policy and procedures TSA will follow concerning privacy and information usage. TSA is using two different types of scanners, Backscatter and Millimeter wave technology. Over 150 new scanners are being installed across the United States and countries where U.S. Customs is forward-deployed at international airports -- including Canada, France, the Netherlands, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

There has been significant concern regarding the use of the technology. The Electronic Privacy Information Center has a host of concerns with the technology. Before the end of 2010, the plan is to deploy over 500 body scanner units

Airports that currently have body scanner technologies deployed:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Tulsa International Airport

Airports receiving technologies soon:

  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Kansas City International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Mineta San José International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Port Columbus International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport

The GAO released a report on the use of watch lists and how airport security technology impacts Homeland Security.

Additional resources:

White House Video Blog - Airport Security Q&A with Janet Napolitano

EPIC wants TSA to halt implementation of body scanners at airports

Human x-ray machines: Coming soon to an airport near you

Amsterdam's Schiphol starts body-scanning at airport

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Topics: Hardware

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