Looks like airline passengers won't have to reveal quite so much when they go through security. The full body airport scanners that produced an almost naked image of passengers will be removed from all U.S. airports by June.
The Transportation Security Administration has made the decision because the company that produces the machines could not modify the technology to show less intrusive images in time to meet a Congressional deadline. Metal detectors and a different type of full body scanners that show a more generic, cartoon-like body outline will be used instead to check passengers for weapons and other security risks, CNN reports.
After a man snuck explosives in his underwear onto a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas in 2009, airports turned more to the naked body image scans, which sparked an outcry about privacy violations. Passengers were given a choice to instead have a pat-down by security, but many felt that was just as invasive, if not more so.
To accomodate privacy concerns, the security agents had to view the body images in a private room and then relay information to the officers at the checkpoints. This added extra time that passengers had to spend in security lines.