TSA mulls purchasing more scanners

The Transportation Security Administration is considering purchasing more backscatter scanners. The TSA is waiting for technology that will allow the scanners to generate a generic image of travelers; the scanners now produce images that look like chalk etchings of the traveler's body. "When that software meets TSA's standards and is successfully tested in an airport environment, TSA could purchase and deploy additional backscatter units," TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said. While some observers have raised concerns about the scanners because they emit radiation, the TSA says they are safe.

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TSA may buy more controversial scanners - Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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