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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.

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  1. Bad Brad

    January 18th, 2013

    Damn, those things were the only reason I ever went to the airport.

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  2. Carlos The Jackal

    January 18th, 2013

    Instead, Paper hospital gowns will be issued and all passengers required to locker clothing and personal items…
    Thank you, and Fly United!

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  3. MaryfromMarin

    January 18th, 2013

    Or “Fly Untied”, if you’re thinking of the same hospital gowns I’m thinking about, @Carlos.

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  4. moarkdave

    January 18th, 2013

    My bet is that they are bad for the health of the TSA employees using them. Ours too, but they really do not care about the citizens anyway.

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  5. Kalneva

    January 18th, 2013

    I have a speaking suspicion that the graft has been played out.

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  6. Dano

    January 18th, 2013

    Oh, what a shame… Back to cruising the Internet!

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  7. Carlos The Vandal

    January 18th, 2013

    An obscure mile high club joke, M from M

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  8. Anonymous

    January 18th, 2013

    Naked TV

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  9. scr_north

    January 18th, 2013

    Hell, I’d bet they could re-deploy them to bars (especially in San Fran) and make a bundle.

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