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It's about time. The TSA is finally doing away with their full body scanners at airports. The machines have gotten nothing but ridicule and enormous PR backlash, ever since they were installed in airports nationwide. If you are not aware, or never had the displeasure of having to be scanned by one of these machines, the full body scanners revealed spectral naked forms of passengers as they walked through them, to check for clever, would be terrorists trying to hide deadly weapons on their persons. The images were displayed on monitors in hidden rooms, were TSA members were stationed to watch.
Rep John Mica of Florida seems to be all over this issue. He was reported saying, “It’s another very bad decision by TSA coming home to roost. It’s another disappointing chapter, and the taxpayers aren't going to take it on the chin.” He has said that he will use his new role as chairman of a House Oversight subcommittee to scrutinize the agency.
Good. I don't know much about Mica, but I'm glad that some politicians are getting involved in this issue. The main reason the machines are being pulled though, really, is because of software. The company Rapiscan (in charge of the machines and software) will not be able to come up with "more secure" software for the machines by the proposed deadline of June 1st of 2013. Therefore, TSA saw fit to cancel their $40 million contract, at least until further notice.
All machines will be pulled out of airports by May of 2013. But, they are still advancing more research and development on this technology and its software, citing they still plan to possibly use them in the future.
I hope not. Agree?