In front of me, a pair of fabulous silver-haired ladies was discussing the various indignities of airport security. The first was of the opinion that no one should see her nude. A company called Rapiscan manufactured the machines, commonly referred to as backscatter scanners. The machines used X-rays, a form of ionizing radiation that reflects off of organic material and forms an image, thereby producing an essentially nude photograph of the passenger standing in the scanner. See the image at right. After much media attention and public outcry, the TSA claimed that employees would not be able to identify passengers based on the near-naked photos.
TSA Pulls Plug on Airport Nude Body Scanners
Airline passengers have 'no right' to refuse naked body scanners | UK news | The Guardian
An airport body scanner: image credit. Anyone flying from major UK airports in could be asked to undertake a full body scan. All scanning systems must use millimetre wave imaging technology to flag objects that could be concealed under clothing. Yes, according to Government research. Tests have concluded that the scanner is less invasive than a mobile phone or than being in the sun. It is also certified as safe for pregnant women, children and those with medical implants such as pacemakers.
TSA, bored of seeing you naked, removing airport body scanners
An x-ray machine which takes "naked" images of passengers went on trial at an airport today. But the full body scanner will also show up any breast enlargements, false limbs, piercings, and a clear outline of passengers' private parts. Some travellers might not want to be scanned because of the graphic nature of the images, bosses admit. They can refuse to have the virtual strip search at at Manchester Airport's Terminal 2 and opt for the traditional "pat down" search instead.
The full body scanner, which is being trialled, will also show up any breast enlargements, false limbs, piercings, and a clear outline of passengers' private parts. Some travellers might not want to be scanned because of the graphic nature of the images, bosses admit. They can refuse to undergo the virtual strip search at Terminal 2, opting for the traditional ''pat down'' search instead.