No more naked body scanners: TSA says they’ll be gone by June

A step in the right direction, but I’m betting they still reserve the right to cop a feel (pun intended):

FOX NEWS – Those airport scanners that leave nothing to the imagination are being scrapped by the Transportation Security Administration.

The agency is ending a contract with Rapiscan, which manufactures the scanners which produce a naked image of travelers who pass through them. Privacy rights activists have complained that the scanners, first rolled out in 2007, constitute a virtual strip search. The TSA plans to continue using a scanner that is considered less invasive, and which makes a generic image showing where agents should look for an object on the traveler’s body.

The TSA says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June because Rapiscan was not able to come up with a software fix to make the scanners comply with a Congressional mandate that the scanners better protect passenger privacy. Opponents of full-body scanners argue that strip searches without probable cause violate basic human rights. Governments do not have the right to make strip searches routine and mandatory, regardless of whether the strip search is done by physically removing clothes or by using technological means to remove the clothes.

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  • That was going to be my question. Maybe I’d think about flying again if I don’t have to get worried about being grouped by the TSA.

    • Rshill7



      • Nukeman60

        Yes, ‘grouped’ – a family that gropes together stays together.

        • Ew!!

          • Nukeman60

            Yeah, I know. Sorry. I should have said ‘gets groped together’. I don’t fly, so I don’t get groped.

        • Rshill7

          Ya’ gotta make it rhyme friend:

          A family that gropes together copes together.

          A family that groups together stoops together.

          • Nukeman60

            I like those. 🙂

          • crosshr

            oh no ! I’m scared ! lol

  • sjmom

    So, what will they come up with next?????? I’m sure they’ll find something else to harass travelers.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Proctological inspections?

      Sorry to be gross… butt it already seems way too invasive.

      • sjmom

        I’d only be in favor if Obama and Napolitano go first on national TV to show the country there’s no violation of privacy. If they’re not willing why should we be???

        • That could do serious psychological damage having to see such a thing as that! OY I need mind bleach in SUCH a big way right now!!

          • Sober_Thinking

            Happy place… happy place… 🙂

        • Sober_Thinking

          Baseball analogy: They like to be Pitchers… not Catchers.

          Otherwise, I’m all in favor of your suggestion. 🙂

  • I don’t think they’d get rid of something without the next replacement already standing by. I’m sure anything an x-ray can do, a subsonic device can do.

  • Joe

    This was a payoff scam to start with !

    Chernoff was accused of cashing in…1c.1.4tES2KZxN14&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41248874,d.eWU&fp=99bbb1d5e9938d35&biw=1122&bih=814

  • Sandra123456

    How much money are they throwing away here? multi-millions?

    Was anyone caught with these things?

    Wouldn’t profiling be better?

    • You’re talking sense, and politicians don’t have any. You see, when it’s not their money they don’t care what it costs.

    • yes, but that would be wasist.

  • colliemum

    Well, the TSA may scrap these intrusive things – but fly to Europe, and you’ll have to go through them over here.

    I refuse to fly as long as these intrusive restrictions are in place, from removing my shoes to not being allowed to take more than 100ml liquid on board, no scissors, only tiny pots of cosmetics – and a doctor’s prescription for all the medication you might have to take…

    When you know that luggage gets lost more often than not so that you have to have the bare necessities in your hand luggage (one item only allowed …), then these restrictions are truly restrictions of my freedom.

    But we can’t do profiling like the Israelis do – because that’s waaacisst and discriminatory.

    • I may be wrong, but I heard that Europe banned x-ray scanners for fear of cancer. If that is true, it would seem that they have more sense than we have.

  • Sober_Thinking

    “Opponents of full-body scanners argue that strip searches without probable cause violate basic human rights. Governments do not have the right to make strip searches routine and mandatory, regardless of whether the strip search is done by physically removing clothes or by using technological means to remove the clothes.”

    That’s my stance. It’s illegal, it’s wrong, and the government has no business in doing this.

    People shouldn’t have to be violated in order to fly safely within our country.

    • YAY! Well said Sober_Brother!

    • It is a violation of our person. Our person is the basis for all other rights. We are individual people with certain natural rights which come from our creator. Our persons are not the property of any other person or entity. They are to be respected as if they were of God Himself, because they come from Him and He loves them. Though times occur where one person may need to be apprehended, but he still retains those certain rights. We have a legal system that lets a man pay his debt to society, but even after that debt was paid, he loses his right to defense. His crime may have not resembled that which would be considered a threat to any other, yet his right is taken. Is he not a human being any longer? Does society never forgive? If not, then we truly cannot call ourselves a Christian society.

      There are many violations and usurpation of our rights, yet we often ask for it. Why? Why would we ask for entire sections of society to unjustly be stripped of their rights? Many agree with the TSA, and like what they are doing. They say that it is necessary for the safety of society.

      Once this power is given to government, for any reason, government will use it anywhere that it can. That is their nature. If we give them the power to tell us that we can’t smoke pot, then they have to power to tell us that we can’t own guns. There is no real difference between the two concerning what government has the power and authority to do. This is why the drug war is unconstitutional. It is a war on the people for what they do with their own body. Why wouldn’t they have a war on the people for what guns they can have, if any?

  • notsofastthere

    This isn’t the first time the TSA retired scanning machines. Some they bought and never even used. It isn’t their money so they don’t give a darn, and they don’t care about privacy rights or constitution. I mean, without cause, they have checkpoints for DUI’s, and we all accept it.

  • hramirez18

    Its simple waste more money

  • Nukeman60

    So are they saying that their files are full and they have all the porn that they need – for now? Hmmm…

  • crosshr

    They can still scan me naked anytime if they desire so ! lol may be I live in San Fran area lol. but I would allow that if they’ll grant my request of whom to scan me ! ok ,before my wife whack me on the head. I’m glad finally they use their head and their bricked conscience.

    • If you lived in San Fran crosshr, I’d think the scanner would be better for you than a pat down. YIKES! eww!

      • crosshr

        pat down only ABiC if that’s done by a gay lesbo ! Yikes, eww ! that racist ? lol I duct !

  • My husband and I have always refused to go through them. That meant a pat down; and they didn’t like it one bit. I never had a problem with the pat down until the last time we flew. The woman was a little rough in a certain area of my body. I was going to write a letter to the airport but then didn’t. If it happens again, believe me, they’ll hear from me.

  • More pat downs then…not less.

    What a colossal waste of time and money.

    • Constance

      You and I wrote the exact same sentence – your last sentence. Sorry! Didn’t mean to copy your thoughts!

      • No need to apologize for being intelligent! 🙂

  • Why did I keep reading the name of the x ray machine wrong? I kept seeing it as Rapeiscam. Huh, go figure. Anyway, so no more nekkid pictures, but still a feel up by a complete stranger. Sure I’ll be flying soon. Not.

    • Rshill7


      Dagnabbit, I should’ve said that. Good work sister 🙂

    • celestiallady

      Hey its like going to a doctor for the first time 🙂

      • OY vey! LOL! Oh man, I gotta get off this thread now!

        • celestiallady

          Well it’s true – you don’t know him, haven’t even met him before and there you are!!!!

      • crosshr


    • If you do, just make sure that they change their gloves before they give you a rectal exam. Apparently, they often don’t change their gloves. It would have to be really important to get me on a plane.

      • Ew!! Oh It’d have to be extremely important to get me on one too librtifriend!!

    • physicsnut

      here is how the ‘progressives’ report it:

      Victory For Transgender Privacy: TSA Abandons ‘Nude’ Body Scanners
      By Zack Ford posted from ThinkProgress LGBT on Jan 19, 2013 at 10:30 am
      In what is an important victory for the transgender community, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced it will remove all body scanners that show nearly nude images from airports.

      • OH GOOD GRIEF!!! No wonder! Silly people thought the TSA was getting all moral on us lol. Figures.

  • opinionatedhermit

    The only reason they did this, was because Obama was jealous, of all the male “members” of the Tea Party

  • I want my money back. And what croney got rich on this?

    • I forget his name, but that is exactly right. Someone always gets rich taking our rights away.

  • Constance

    Wait a minute here. What has all this nonsense cost the taxpayers? What did these machines cost? This really ticks me off. Another colossal waste of time and money by our government. GRRRRRRRRR

  • Rapiscan. How appropriate.

  • Looks like Alex Jones and Drudge had an effect.