TSA to remove naked-body scanners from airports
Transportation Security Administration officials announced that the agency will be ending its contract with the maker of controversial airport body scanners and removing the machines from airports.
TSA Administrator John Pistole told Bloomberg Friday that the agency will end its $5 million dollar contract with OSI Systems Inc.’s Rapiscan unit — the airport body scanner at the center of a privacy uproar.
The company, Pistole said, was unable to change its software making the scanned images less invasive.
“Due to its inability to deploy non-imaging Automated Target Recognition (ATR) software by the Congressionally-mandated June 2013 deadline, TSA has terminated its contract with Rapiscan,” the agency said in a statement Thursday.
“The company, based in Hawthorne, California, said it expects to report a $2.7 million one-time charge during the quarter that ended Dec. 31,” reported Bloomberg.
The agency removed 74 of the OSI’s machines from busier airports in 2012. The remaining 174 machines will be removed from airports, with the company absorbing the cost.