Logan looks to raise comfort level with full-body scanners
In March, Logan International Airport installed the first of 450 full-body scanners being deployed at security checkpoints around the country this year, and now the airport is vying to become the first to make them less controversial.
The Transportation Security Administration is developing new software that shows a generic paper-doll-like figure instead of an actual image of a passenger's body when it uses X-ray beams to scan for weapons and explosives. Privacy advocates have raised objections to the detailed black-and-white images -- which are slightly blurred -- that the machines produce.
"We want to completely eliminate the privacy issue," said Edward Freni, director of aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan.
"Any kind of new technology that comes by, we still want to be in front of that, to be the test place," said Freni, who planned to address the issue with newly sworn-in TSA assistant secretary John Pistole, who met with Logan TSA workers earlier today.