You travel to London , you travel to France. And the feds have saved records of X-raying your underpants. A government agency admitted this week that they've stored more than 35, controversial body scanning images, despite the federal Transportation Security Administration previously stating the images can not be saved or recorded, CNET reported. The U. Marshals Service said they had secretly saved the images at a security checkpoint at a Florida courthouse. Recently Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano , said the scanners would be placed at most major airports in the country. But the machines have remained controversial. Critics have argued the scanners violate passenger privacy by producing "naked" pictures and likened the procedure to "virtual strip searches.
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As a photographer and somebody working in radiated environments Chernobyl , the issue of airport scanners intrigues me. Are they safe? Can you really see somebody naked? Is the person in the back room secretly checking us out, or laughing at us? This week I managed to sneak a picture from the screens of the airport scanner in the Sao Paulo, Brazil—similar to many models in the USA. Depending on who is in front of me in the airport security line, this could be either a very interesting, or a very scary picture. You can then decide for yourself it they see more of you than you want to show. The first reputed image from a scanner that I saw online was that of a shapely blonde. It provides enough detail so that the imagination can easily fill in the details of her body.
By Jacob Galt Friday January 8, The Drudge Report has an image of a woman from an airport scanner up right now. Reader Sigfried discovered that by simply inverting the image in Photoshop, you restore the photo to a more realistic tint. But if so, let me just deliver a message to all you airport security workers out there: I just got out of a cold pool, I swear.