The TSA's Full-Body Scanners Are Now Compulsory 'For Some Passengers'

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Until now, you had the ability to opt out of a trip through the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners and instead undergo a thorough physical screening. But a new document issued by Homeland Security allows the TSA to make the scans mandatory ‘for some passengers.’

Slashgear reports that a document was released last week that changes the rules for the way the TSA can use its full-body scanners. From the update:

TSA is updating the Advanced Imaging Technologies (AIT) Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt opt-out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers.


In other words, if the TSA wants you to be scanned, you now have no option but to do as it asks.

The controversial scanners have been tweaked since their first release, of course. The scanners no longer capture ‘naked’ images, instead using a system called Automated Target Recognition to simply show on a generic image of a body if there’s something suspicious about your person. And, as Homeland Security is keen to point out, the “TSA does not store any personally identifiable information from... screening[s].”

Whether those facts will be enough to appease privacy advocates remains to be seen.

[Homeland Security via Slash Gear via Engadget]


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Zelda did it!

I’m sorry to say, but all comments (and this article) just confirm how ridiculously stupid (most) Americans are. If someone wants to screen you, if that’s with a scan or physically, you comply, you don’t say no. Can’t take the risk of radiation? You’ll tell them very friendly you can’t, they’ll offer to take you to a room and screen you there, and you can move on.

Why does everyone become so fucking hostile directly? Just comply and move on. Do this:

- Sir, could you please step aside for further screening

• But of course, no problem

- Thank you, please stand there for a few seconds

• *stands there for a few seconds*

- All clean, thank you for cooperating!

And not

- Sir, could you please step aside for further screening


- I’m sorry, but it’s mandatory

• AARGH. NOOO. *triggered*

- *kggght* I need some backup here

Wtf is wrong with just following orders for the safety of you and your fellow passengers?