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Canadian Airports Testing Less-Invasive Scanners

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY

January 25, 2013

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recently announced it will remove airport x-ray body scanners due to privacy concerns, and Canada may not be far behind, National Post reports. Canadian Air Transport Security Authority spokesman Mathieu Larocque says the authority is testing “automated target recognition software” on scanners. “It essentially generates just a stick man image…that will highlight an area of the body that could need more inspection, like the angle, for example, or the elbow,” he said, adding the authority made a commitment to passengers when it introduced scanners that it would continue to look at ways to “ensure that the perception of the privacy of passengers is kept.”
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