TSA Peep Show to End at Bay Area Airports

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Jul 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:17 AM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
New Art at SFO

Getty Images

The images in this kind of photo will soon be much more generic.

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

The TSA is back stepping on the new security technology that basically allows agents to see passengers naked.

Wednesday, TSA announced it will install new technology at all three Bay Area airports that will replace a specific outline of a person's body with a generic outline.

The new software, which is called Automated Target Recognition, will still detect items that could pose a potential threat, according to the TSA.  It is expected to take a couple of months to complete.

The current whole body imaging machines have sparked outrage among some passengers and privacy advocates because they reveal images of naked bodies.

"Our top priority is the safety of the traveling public, and TSA constantly strives to explore and implement new technologies that enhance security and strengthen privacy protections for the traveling public," TSA Administrator John Pistole said.

TSA said the charge was "part of its ongoing commitment to take smart steps to maintain high level security standards while also improving the passenger experience at checkpoints,"

By eliminating the image of an actual naked person, passengers will soon be able to view the same outline the TSA officer sees. Now, the person viewing the picture is in a separate room.

This change should relieve the easily embarrassed, while keeping the rest of us just as secure.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out