TSA Removing Controversial Full-Body Scanners

New, less-invasive scanner will replace it.

Saturday, Jan 19, 2013  |  Updated 11:47 AM EDT
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TSA Removing Controversial Full-Body Scanners

NBCPhiladelphia.com

Your next trip through airport security might be a little different.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced that it is removing those controversial full-body scanners from security checkpoints.

The scanners produced a near-nude image of travelers and caused outrage all over the country when they were unveiled nearly a decade ago.

Congress ordered that the scanners either be modified to produce a more generic image by June, or be removed from the nation's airports.

Rapiscan, the scanners' manufacturer, says they won't be able to meet the deadline, so the TSA is getting rid of the 174 backscatter machines that are in 30 airports around the U.S.

The TSA says it is replacing them with new scanners, made by L-3 Communications. These scanners are able to scan people without creating a naked image.

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