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Complaints Filed about Body Scanners

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

March 9, 2010

More than two dozen complaints were filed by travelers subjected to whole body scans at U.S. airports within the last year, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The complaints included travelers' objections to not being informed of the scanning process or of alternatives to the scans. Travelers also complained about a lack of signage, Bloomberg reports. An EPIC spokesman says the complaints refute the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) claims that travelers "will be made aware of what these machines are and of the alternatives that are available." The TSA plans to install nearly 900 body scanners at U.S. airports by 2014.
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