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A new full-body scanner has not yet be rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration, because of the privacy concerns for passengers.

The scanner, built by the British company Thruvision, is in the demonstration phase at the TSA testing facilities in Arlington, Va., and it will not be considered for use in U.S. airports until the company complies with government officials’ requirement to add a “privacy filter” in order to more to protect passengers.

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The machine, which, according to Thruvision, you may perform a full-body screening with no blind spots in just eight seconds, and with success passengers of up to 25 metres away, invited some controversy over the potential to be a show too much — although Thruvision America Vice-President Kevin Gramer said the scanner is not in conflict with the travelers of the privacy.

The Thruvision scanners use terahertz technology which is similar with thermal imaging to create a “green blob-like” image of a passenger, a spokesman for the TSA said on Fox News. A dark outline is used to show if weapons or explosives are hidden on the passenger’s body.
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“A piece of narrowly drawn legislation of a number of years ago created a requirement that all people-screening technologies used at U.S. airport checkpoints have a privacy filter, regardless of the image displayed,” Gramer told the LA Times in a statement.

The company’s screening equipment and technology has “enormous privacy and safety[s],” Gramer adds.

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The concerns stem from a group of full-body scanners made by a Torrance manufacturer in 2013, which allegedly uses low levels of radiation to make of a seemingly naked image of the passenger.

The Thruvision scanners, however, the use of terahertz technology which is similar with thermal imaging to create a “green blob-like” image of a passenger, a spokesman for the TSA said on Fox News. A dark outline is used to show if weapons or explosives are hidden on the passenger’s body.

Although the spokesman told Fox News that the scanner is not in violation of the privacy laws per federal regulations regarding advanced imaging technology, the administration was concerned about the possible privacy issues and the application of the addition of the filter. TSA could not confirm how the privacy filter to obscure the footage.

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The TSA is expected that the privacy filter software updates are available for the scanners in June. The agency will then determine how and when the scan technology will also be applied at the airports.

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