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John Pistole at ABA meeting
1/13/11 Addressing an American Bar Association
committee at the University Club in Washington, John Pistole, said he
expected modification to controversial airport scanner equipment this
year to address privacy concerns.
He said he was shown on Wednesday new technology that
is not as revealing as new machines put into service last year. Software
upgrades to the AIG provided by the scanners’ manufacturer will display
an avatar and a box alerting to potential threats.
This will eliminate the need to keep an Officer in a
remote room viewing images of passengers.
TSA Administrator said he visited Reagan National
Airport in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday to review the testing of an
automated body scanner used in the Netherlands. That scanner portrays
the human form as a generic stick figure or "blob," rather than
displaying a detailed anatomy.
Describing how a test subject deliberately walked
through the machine with a pager on his belt, Pistole said, "The
passenger and the security officer see the image at the same time, and
there's a yellow box on the left hip, and let's try to resolve that."
"I think it completely addresses the privacy and
modesty issue that many people have concerns about," John Pistole said.
John Pistole's appearance before the American Bar
Association was his first public event since the TSA implemented a new
pat down protocol last November.