Less Porn for the TSA

Image courtesy of Jonathan Warner
Image courtesy of Jonathan Warner

Last year I wrote a post about the potential dangers of x-ray backscatter scanners in use at airports around the country. According to a recent post on the TSA blog, these scanners are now being decommissioned and being replaced with millimeter wave technology scanners which do not emit radiation. This is exciting if you travel frequently and prefer to keep your x-ray dosage to a minimum. But it turns out,  the TSA didn’t pull these machines because they actually care about exposing the public to harmful radiation.

The actual reason these machines were decommissioned was the images they created were essentially naked images of passengers. The company had been asked to make new software to make less explicit renderings of passengers but Rapiscan failed to meet their contract obligation to do so. Even though these changes will seriously set back my scientist porn career (just made the mistake of trying to find a funny link for scientist porn on a government computer, hopefully I don’t get a visit from IT today), I’m relieved that the TSA is no longer adding to the list of risky behaviors I engage in (see previous about googling porn at work).

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