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There have been concerns that body scans at airports revealed too much of people’s bodies to the TSA agents. The TSA(Transportation Security Administration) has begun using Advanced Imaging Technologies(AIT) which uses Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software. What’s different about this software, versus the TSA’s prior imaging, is that instead of displaying an image of the individual being scanned, a generic human image will now be seen by agents. Previously, TSA agents could see a lot more features of the scanned individual’s body. They received a lot of negative, invasion-of-privacy publicity so they changed to a computer software that makes the person’s image look more like a generic cartoon, although banned objects, like guns, are boldly outlined. The Department of Homeland Security states that the new AIT devices can not store these images.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Impact Assessment Update for TSA Advanced Imaging Technology, released December 18, 2015:
“TSA is updating the AIT 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. TSA does not store any personally identifiable information from AIT screening.”
It used to be that TSA agents at airports would allow individuals to opt-out of a body scan and go with a physical screening instead. Now, in some cases, a body scan will be mandatory. So, at least for the time being, most people can still opt-out of a body scan but, of course, agents will then have to physically examine them. If you can’t avoid these intrusions and want to lessen any embarrassment, Built Report urges you get in your best physical condition and stay there!