The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will remove all of the Rapiscan full body-scanners in use at US airports. These body-scanner have been controversial for displaying revealing images of passengers’ bodies.
Congress had set a June 2013 deadline for the scanner manufacturer, OSI Systems, to update the scanners with software allowing display of generic body images of the screened subjects. TSA canceled the $5 million scanner contract following the manufacturer’s inability to meet this deadline.
In November, TSA removed 76 of the full body scanners from many busy airports across the US. The original intent was to reuse them in smaller airports. The backlash on privacy concerns forced TSA officials to re-think their position.
Now, the machines, costing a total of about $14 million, are stored in a Texas warehouse. TSA purchased about 1,000 Rapiscan body scanners.
The remaining 176 scanners in use at the beginning of 2013 will be retired.