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Revealing X-ray Scanners to be Pulled From US Airports

Jan 18, 2013

The controversial X-ray security scanners that caused an uproar for showing revealing images of passengers are going to be retired from all U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

The decision came after TSA terminated the contract with the manufacturer for its failure to develop less invasive imaging software.

Based on a congressional mandate, manufacturer Rapiscan was required to deploy a so-called non-imaging automated target recognition software by June, a deadline the company was unable to meet, the TSA said.

Rapiscan will remove all the 174 full-body scanners from airports by the end of May, as the TSA ends its 40-million-dollar contract with the company, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The full body scanners aimed to screen passengers for concealed weapons and other prohibited items caused an uproar when they were first deployed in 2010 for showing the contour of the body with too much detail.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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