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TSA Removes Controversial X-Ray Scanners From Major Airports

•, Michael Kelley

Michael Grabell of Pro Publica reports that the TSA has replaced the scanners at Boston Logan International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Orlando and John F. Kennedy in New York with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

Although the TSA insists that it made the decision to speed up checkpoints at busier airports, Grabell notes that the swaps mean that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation since the scanners are being moved to smaller airports.

TSA began rolling out the scanners nationwide after the failed Christmas Day 2009 underwear bombing. Privacy advocates were outraged that the machines produce blurred images of passengers' naked bodies that are reviewed, one by one, by a TSA officer.

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