The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets announced today that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has canceled a contract with one manufacturer of full-body scanners used in airports around the US.
According to news reports, the TSA is ending Rapiscan's contract because the scanner manufacturer could not furnish software modifications that protected the privacy of airline passengers. Images delivered by Rapiscan's full-body scanners showed travelers' unclothed bodies as well as potentially worrisome objects. Rapiscan was to have provided the software changes to the TSA by June of this year, but will not be able to do so.
L-3 Communications Holdings, another manufacturer of TSA-approved scanners, will provide replacements. Unlike the Rapiscan machines, L-3's full-body scanners show only the outline of a person, with overlaid colored rectangles to identify possible hidden items.
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