TSA Terminates Contract With Rapiscan: No More Creepy Scans at the Airport
Seriously, Rapiscan. Change your name.
The TSA is ending its contract with the company that makes “rapiscan” (Really? You couldn’t have come up with a less rape-y sounding name?) because the company failed to deliver software that would stop the scanner from projecting naked images.
The TSA is switching to a company that uses radio waves to show any hidden objects on an avatar image, rather than on an image of the passenger.
Via LA Times:
The Transportation Security Administration has ended a contract with the Hawthorne-based manufacturer of a controversial full-body scanner used to screen passengers.
Rapiscan, a unit of OSI Systems Inc., manufactured about half of the full-body scanners used by the TSA to screen passengers for hidden weapons at airports across the country.
But TSA officials said the agency has canceled its contract with the company because it had failed to deliver software to protect the privacy of passengers.
The Rapiscan scanner uses low-level X-rays to create what looks like a naked image of screened passengers to target weapons hidden under the clothes.
A second type of TSA scanner, built by L-3 Communications Holdings, uses radio waves and shows hidden objects on an avatar images on a screen — not on an image of a passenger.
TSA gave Rapiscan until June 2013 to come up with a software upgrade to prevent the scanner from projecting the naked image. TSA officials said Rapiscan won’t be able to meet that deadline.
I miss the days when you could just waltz into an airport and right up to your gate without disrobing and having full containers of lotion or Kiehl’s Rare Earth Facial Scrub snatched from you because they are 5 oz instead of 4.
But I’m not bitter.
[via LA Times]
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