TSA To Debut New Airport Scanner, But No Plans For LAX Upgrade

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new and reportedly non-blush-inducing airport security scanner could be coming to an airport near you — just not to the nation’s third-busiest travel hub.

The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday unveiled new software for airport body scans that could make those controversial airport scanners less intrusive.

“[The device] essentially makes a cookie-cutter image for every passenger that comes through that’s viewable at the security checkpoint,” said the TSA’s Nico Melendez.

Melendez said the automated target recognition software allows security agents to spot any “threat item” on a person without actually seeing the image of the person.

But as KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports, passengers traveling through Los Angeles International Airport aren’t likely to see the new devices anytime soon.

While other local airports may soon see upgrades to the millimeter wave imaging scanners in the near future, LAX will not benefit from the software upgrade because the technology utilizes an entirely different kind of scanner.

“We don’t have the software available yet for the backscatter machine,” said Melendez. “Hopefully, we will be able to announce that soon, but right now we don’t have an announcement for LAX.”

Ontario and Palm Springs airports are slated to receive the new software upgrades in coming weeks.

  • Bill Fisher

    The scanners already had this software and were using it in Europe over a year ago, so why so long to use it here? These are the same radiation boxes with a software overlay to hide the image shown to the public.
    There will still be naked images in the system and they will still be susceptible to leaks onto the internet. This is simply a ruse to offset the damage done to TSA by EPIC in court last week. TSA is trying to score some PR points before they have to seek public comment as ordered in the ruling. TSA has repeatedly lied about their procedures and this is no exception. Nothing less than the complete elimination of TSA is acceptable.

    • Stryker 21

      TSA= Thieves Standing Around.

  • Jeff

    They would rather make old ladies take off there diapers.

  • Steve Scanner

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    Wimpie wrote:
    Unfortunately for us, the scanners at LAX are the backscatter type and as well as giving people cancer, they make images like this:

    There is no privacy software for these.

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