Civil Liberties

TSA Moving X-Ray Scanners to Smaller Airports

TSA insists it's to speed up checkpoints but the scanners have raised privacy and health concerns


The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports. It means, though, that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation because the X-ray scanners are being moved to smaller airports.