The TSA says to Albany: “don’t be so quick to walk away / we want to rock your body, please stay (still while we initiate the full body scan).”
According to CBS 6, the scanners could arrive as early as the beginning of 2011.
The scans are not without controversy themselves. Ideally they’re not supposed to save images, however Gizmodo was able to retrieve (and subsequently released) 100 full body scans that were saved by a scanner in a courthouse in Orlando, Florida. The US Marshals appear to have saved the scans without legal authorization. Seeing as how the images were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, it appears the Marshals incorrectly assumed they were within their rights to save the images. Still, it started a firestorm online (doesn’t everything?).
Is there a possibility the images could be saved, even though they’re not supposed to be? Sure. But the X-ray images are about essentially white blurbs, and if you’re going through an airport or a courthouse you’re on-camera anyway.
So seriously, what’s the BFD here?
I, for one, would much rather have a full body scan than the current process of having a TSA agent play doctor with you in full view of everyone.
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