Design + Architecture

Future of Air Travel

by Terry Ward

Airport Security

What's happening: Passengers reclaim a slice of dignity from the TSA.

The facts: Nobody—okay, almost nobody—wants a stranger viewing their private parts on a remote screen. And the TSA has apparently heard the flying public's very loud, very clear cries when it comes to privacy protection in the post-9/11 airport screening process. Image-scanning machines are currently being updated with new software that allows for more discretion by "depicting anomalies detected during the screening process on a generic passenger outline," according to TSA spokesperson Mike McCarthy. You still have to assume the position in front of the X-ray machine—feet apart, hands raised above your head—but if foreign objects are detected, they're displayed over a nonspecific silhouette on a monitor attached to the side of the unit. So, you can rest assured that TSA agents are focusing on potentially dangerous items and not your love handles.

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