A victory for consumer privacy — and our “junk” — at the airport

Most airline passengers today are likely to encounter one of two screening machines at the security checkpoints of major U.S. airports — the kind that shows a revealing image of the passenger's full body (the so-called "naked" scanners) or the kind that shows only a generic body outline or simply a box that says "OK." The first type has generated considerable outcry over privacy, including the now-famous protest line uttered by a southern California man who opted out and received an invasive patdown for his trouble. And there have been troubling failures on the part of the feds to destroy the highly invasive images captured by the machines (as they had reassured travelers they would).

Good news today on the airport privacy front: because of privacy concerns, TSA is not renewing the contract for the "naked" scanners. It took them more than two years to fix this, but better late than never.

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