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US air agency introduces scanners to guard privacy

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration says it is installing technology in some U.S. airports to allow travelers to go through checkpoint security and have a generic outline of the body to be shown instead of an image of a naked body.

The agency says the change is intended to protect privacy rights while securing commercial air travel. It will be used in 40 airports, including in Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; and Newark, New Jersey.

The new software is designed to recognize items with the passenger that could pose a security threat.

The agency plans eventually to use the technology at more airports.

The whole body imaging machines have sparked outrage among some passengers and privacy advocates because the explicit images they display.