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The machine is capable of the level of, ahem, detail on the left. The TSA claims all that will be evaluated is the image on the right.

This man demonstrating the capabilities of “backscatter” screening is unidentified, unlike the woman in my earlier post (Bare Naked Travel) on this technology, which is being implemented in Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.

USA Today notes that the TSA page says the “chalk outline” on the right is an “accurate representation of the images,” but it does not confirm that the pictures were actually generated by a backscatter machine.

The ACLU isn’t buying it.

“Passengers expect privacy underneath their clothing and they should not have to reveal themselves in that way,” Jay Stanley, a privacy expert with the ACLU, told AFP. “This doesn’t only concerns genitals but body size, body shape and other things like evidence of masectomies, colostomy appliances or catheter tubes.

“These are very personal things that people have every right to keep private and personal, aside from the modesty consideration of not wanting to be naked.”

Federal officials, however, have downplayed such concerns saying that screeners will be able to blur out a person’s genitals and that the x-ray image will be erased from the screen once a passenger is cleared through the machine.

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