This had to happen sooner than later. Gizmodo has uncovered several naked TSA scanner images which were improperly retained by U.S. marshals from the security checkpoint scanners. These machines were from a courthouse in Florida and show lower-res pictures than those produced by the Transportation Security Administration’s newer machines.


The outcry over the improper scanning and frisking policies of the U.S. government would now get a huge boost with the leak. Though it’s not a large scale leak, it might just be a tip of an iceberg.

At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.

A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens.

To be fair to the TSA, they do have a tough job to keep airports and flights secure. But the scanning and frisking policies are also treading a thin line. What happens next?

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3 thoughts on “Naked Body Scans Leaked Online

  1. I live in Oz and this type of technology is not available here yet so I probably should not be commenting, but…..

    Surely a little inconvenience and maybe even a minor embarrassment is far preferable to planes being blown up and innocent people losing their lives. Seems a small sacrifice to me!

  2. “Improper,” “Outcry,” “Naked!”

    This article comes across like a propaganda piece. It’s entirely sensationalistic, pushing the hyperbole to its limits. A blurry digital image that looks like someone in mid-beam to the Enterprise does not constitute being *gasp* naked.

    Nobody in their right mind is going to see those images and be embarrassed or complain or a privacy issue.

    This smacks of someone with too much time on their hands and nothing to whine about trying to create a controversy where none currently exists.

  3. Succumbed nicely to the propoganda. I believe all the airport “security” is aimed at desensitizing the public to erosion of privacy.
    I also live in Australia, you cant take nail scissors on a plane, but a couple of glass duty free bottles is no problem, what happens when you hit two bottles together hard? Let alone the knives they hand out with meals onboard. Their airport security did a great job in Sydney when two biker gangs were killing each other at Sydney airport.
    If someone wants to cause terror, why bother with planes, a runaway car or semi could kill dozens or hundreds, a walk in the bush with a box of matches can cause millions in damage.. Think about it for a couple of minutes, what could you do if you were a maniac, let alone a suicidal one, and ask yourself what are they really achieving with all this “security”

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