Airport security is never easy. Ever since the rise of aircraft-related crimes in recent years, the country has taken serious measures to ensure the safety of its flight crew and passengers on planes. One of the measures implemented to counter this problem has been full-body x-ray scanners that reveal everything about a passenger, most importantly: what’s underneath their clothes. Unfortunately this means that passengers are left in plain view, totally naked, to the officials manning the security booths.
While it is essential for security, a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea of somebody being able to see through their clothes and their genitalia. As of now, the only alternative to the full-body x-ray scans is a pat down by an officer on duty. Again, this is a move that a lot of people are uncomfortable about, and some even find invasive and demeaning.
It looks like all those problems have now come to an end. The Transport Security Administration (TSA) has come up with alternative software for full-body scanning purposes. When going through security, instead of showing the naked body of a passenger in the scans, the software will now show the outline of a person instead. This allows the TSA to do their job with their scanners and at the same time protect the privacy of the person being scanned and removes the need for a pat down. The new software should be rolling out in airports nationwide anytime now.RELATED
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