TSA to deploy 150 new body scanner machines

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.

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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

FBI Director on cyber threats: We can't do it alone

US Strategic Command recognizes cyber security challenges

Intelligence community warns Senate committee of increased terror threats

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  • 150 is useless

    I live in a rural area with a single gate airport. TSA checks me out, I fly to a big hub airport where there is no additional scanning before I get on my next flight. No full body scan anywhere in this chain.

    To do any good, either everybody is strip checked at our little airport (huge check-in time), or only half-effective, EVERYBODY has to re-screen at EVERY airport - can you say 3 hr minimum layover between flights?
    Jim Johnson
  • Hell no!

    The body scanners didn't work for the underwear bomber this last Christmas beings that Amsterdam has already had those in place. Then again, the government was forced to admit that they let this guy on the plane after a number of witnesses stepped forward and blew the whistle.

    Sorry people, but there is such a thing called the 4th Amendment which is supposed to protect us citizens from unwarranted searches and seizures. No, I am NOT willing to be subjected to these machines, and no, as long as our leaders continue to trample on our civil liberties, I refuse to fly anywhere.
    Reindeer911
  • RE: TSA to deploy 150 new body scanner machines

    It will back up airports out the door, and will be (is) extremely expensive for US taxpayers. Many will refuse to fly again.

    This is overkill to the Nth degree. (because its an extreme violation of personal privacy and isn't even effective). Who would want their kids, or their wife, grandparents etc, going through one of those things, having seen examples of the results? And the pictures become part of the record in a database. Sooner or later unwary travelers will be appearing in the altogether, on Internet sites, courtesy of the local airport.

    The silly part is it does very little good at all. It wouldn't have even detected the threat that it was introduced for, that of the Christmas attack in Michigan. And the potential health risks are not at all clear as yet.

    We really need to get our security train back on-track, and stop spending $$millions$$ just to try to show we are doing something. Its only politics. But you paid for it.

    -JC
    _JC_
  • Yeah, a female TSA, I don't think so!

    Well, let's see I won;t even allow myself to be examined by a female PA and they expect me to walk into a scanner manned by a female TSA operative? Or, a gay male operative!!!!

    Gads!

    And, *all* my connections go through Atlanta, too.

    So much for saving energy... I'll drive **whenever** possible!

    Mike Sr.

    This could cost me my job!
  • Better than a hands-on search

    My wife has an artificial knee (metal), so she gets hand-searched every time. Denver with its scanner is much less intrusive than the female screener running her hands over EVERYTHING. She'll take the scanner anytime she can.
    RandyL
  • RE: TSA to deploy 150 new body scanner machines

    we should have nude flights.....noting could be hidden.
    Peagravel
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