Fans of personal liberty and not being humiliated, like noted libertarian and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, have a reason to celebrate today. The Transportation Security Administration, who oversees airport security in the United States via public groping and hair-picks, has announced a plan to remove controversial backscatter imaging machines, aka the naked scanners, from the nation’s airports. The naked scanner line at the airport will now be closed, replaced by more traditional metal detectors, pat-downs, and millimeter wave body scanners, which use a generic stick figure and not your actual naked body.
The TSA has been quietly removing machines from airports for awhile, but now the plan has been officially made public. There were still 30 airports using 174 of the machines. By June 1, the remaining machines will be officially offline and the replacements will be in place. The government had originally contracted with Rapiscan Systems to purchase 500 of the machines at $180,000 a piece, but that contract has been voided.
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