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TSA Describes Scanners’ New Privacy Filters

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

November 23, 2011

Speaking with CNN in advance of this week's Thanksgiving holiday travel, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole described some of the privacy-focused changes travelers may encounter, such as fewer pat-downs and "the use of the advanced imaging technology--the scanners--that have privacy filters this year." He explained that about half of the TSA's scanners "have these privacy filters built in, and so as (people) go through these scanners, they can actually turn and look and see a generic outline of a person" rather than a detailed scan of each individual.
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