Transgender embarrassment at airports to end — TSA to yank nude body scanners

On the left is a simulated nude body scanner image. On the right is a newer generic image. The area in yellow alerts the TSA to a possible concealed weapon.

On the left is a simulated nude body scanner image. On the right is a newer generic image. The area in yellow alerts the TSA to a possible concealed weapon.

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — One day people will be looking back at this era in airport security and ponder ‘what were they thinking?’ Airport personnel then were looking at nude body images, outing many transgender people!

The days of invasive body scanning are over. A Congress-set deadline to de-tune the body scanners to produce generic images instead clear nude images passed without software programmers coming up with a fix so the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is yanking all 250 machines from use at U.S. airports. Only (apparently, newer) body scanners that produce generic images will be used from this point on.

Obviously, this will cut into the embarrassment many trans people face at airports.

The TSA has a webpage specifically devoted for transgender passengers and I urge flyers to view and print out a copy before heading to the airport and help the TSA work with us instead of against us. View that page here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/transgender-travelers

More about transgender travelers and the TSA: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/transgender-travelers-vs-the-transportation-security-administration-tsa/

On the left is a simulated nude body scanner image. On the right is a newer generic image. The area in yellow alerts the TSA to a possible concealed weapon.

On the left is a simulated nude body scanner image. On the right is a newer generic image. The area in yellow alerts the TSA to a possible concealed weapon.

More about the types of body scanners being used: Victory For Transgender Privacy: TSA Abandons ‘Nude’ Body Scanners | ThinkProgress.

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2 replies

  1. Unfortunately, if I understand correctly, TSA is only replacing one type of body scanner with another.

  2. i always wondered if say a transgendered female to male person went through a full body scan at an airport.. had their breasts removed, a beard gender marked as Male
    and HERE Is The Question: : If this Transgendered person had on a pretty-good prosthetic type penis << any suggestions of passable through one of these scanners???

    If this person also decided to hide drugs or whatever in his prosthetic penis, would it be 'easily seen' and then 'removed by security and cut open or \checked'??
    Or could/would it look so natural/real that for anyone to think "HEY.. We Should Cut Into That Man's Penis – or Remove it for Inspection".

    (would have to be passing 100% as male for optimum results)

    Anyone in the field know??
    just curious – I'm too nosey for my own good most likely.
    ***peace to all peoples no matter where or who we are. peace.

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