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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

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Photo: Chad McDermott

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy.

TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country.

TSA said it began installing software on AIT machines in July to eliminate passenger-specific images, replacing them with a more generic image to help identify threats.

“Advanced imaging technology is one of the best layers of security we have to address the threats of today and tomorrow,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “We remain committed to deploying this integral counterterrorism tool in order to ensure the highest level of security for the traveling public.”

Full-body scanners have long been controversial, raising concerns the scanners invade privacy of air travelers.

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