Newark Is Replacing Its Controversial TSA Machines

The new technology only addresses some of fliers' concerns

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Newark International Airport will be the first New York area airport to replace the offensive TSA body scanners with a less invasive option, reports The Associated Press. Instead of "privacy-invading, genital-picture-taking, radiation-delivering back-scatter imaging machines now installed at many American airports," as The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg referred to the predecessors, the new machines will show a less graphic image of the passenger. "The new system uses a screen that displays a gray silhouette of a generic body. The screen is placed at security checkpoints in a spot where both the traveler and the security agent can see it."

While the image looks less pornographic, the new systems don't address all of fliers previous concerns, such as pat downs, radiation, and other invasions of privacy. "This doesn't change much in my opinion," New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty said Friday. "The Fourth Amendment requires the issuance of a warrant by a judge, after probable cause has been issued to the judge, to allow an invasion of someone's personal privacy like that. It's a real problem that the Fourth Amendment continues to be trampled on." And it's still unclear if previous nude images taken with the old technology are still accessible to TSA employees, which has also been a concern.

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