No more nude scanning

US airports have voted to remove body scanners after numerous complaints from passengers and failed deadlines by its supplier. The nude body scanners cause an uproar when they were first introduced.

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The machines, introduced in 2010, look like two large metallic bookcases. Travellers are instructed to step between them and put their hands over their head (“Like a cheerleader, give me an O!” is a common joke) and hold still while a scanner takes an image of your body.

Meant to find metallic objects like guns and synthetic items like plastic explosives, the machines were rejected by much of the traveling public because of the explicitly detailed image that they created for TSA officers to see. The security agency wrestled with the backlash, ensuring that the monitor images could only be seen in a secure room and that the images could not be saved or disseminated. Young children were exempted from the machines.

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