The TSA received a lot flack, well deserved in my opinion, for the implementation of body scanners that would generate a digital nude image of the person being scanned. As of May 16, the TSA has announced that all airport scanners will no longer display digital nude image of a person, instead it will show a generic outline. The move by the TSA was prompted by a ruling from the courts mandating that the the scanners be removed by May 31st, originally it was to be June of last year but the TSA was able to get that date extended.
While we still have to parade convicts in front of a digital machine, despite the near nonexistent threat of attacks prior to the implementation of said devices, we at least no longer have to suffer the indignity of being rendered naked digitally. I have one question though, why didn't the TSA have the scanners display a generic outline from the get go? It doesn't take much foresight to see that the implementation of these type of devices are controversial enough by itself, and that the way the images would be displayed would only needlessly anger Americans. Why wasn't the TSA proactive? The answer, as we all know, is that government agencies are rarely proactive. But rather than be a Debie Downer we should count our blessings, after all, it only took them five years and a court order.